Monday, February 16, 2009

Lunch with Project Mentor

On Friday, we ended the week at a lunch meeting with Project Mentor. One of our old co-workers and friends, Abby, who now works for Project Mentor, suggested they contact us to "pick our brain" about how they can better market to the community to recruit more volunteers for their program.  We gave them a bunch of ideas and told them we would help by creating a post about the organization, as well as a call to action asking our site visitors to consider becoming a mentor.

During our hour and a half lunch, we learned quite a bit about the good work Project Mentor is doing.  Project Mentor is a school-based mentoring program collaborative effort of Columbus City Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.  Its mission is to support the Columbus City Schools Project 2012 initiative to raise graduation rates and sustain them in the future.  Project Mentor's seven-year roll out calls for 10,000 volunteer mentors saturating every one of the Columbus City Schools.

This program is one-to-one mentoring based on forming a relationship between the child and the mentor at school during the lunch hour.  Project Mentor focuses on both academic needs and social/emotional development for the child. By helping students, mentors increase the likelihood that they will graduate from high school and will make a real difference in their lives.

Project Mentor is actively looking for volunteer mentors and needs your help.  All you need to do is invest one hour a week of your time.  Why not share you lunch hour with a child.  You'll be feeding more than your belly, you'll also be feeding your soul.

For more information, contact Project Mentor at 614.839.KIDS (5437) or visit their web site for more details.

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