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February 20, 2008 > Students seek role models in mentoring project

Students seek role models in mentoring project

Submitted By Karen Mangon

The Hayward Schools Mentoring Project is looking to match adult, community volunteers with 7th and 8th graders at the five middle schools in Hayward. The project aims to create 150 one-to-one mentoring relationships with the partnership continuing as the student enters high school.

"The students of Hayward need adult role models who can teach the fundamental life skills required to succeed academically, socially, and professionally," stated Robert Goetsch, President of Be A Mentor, Inc. "Having a mentor will help kids make positive choices as they struggle through the critical adolescent years from middle school to high school."

The overall goal of the Hayward Schools Mentoring Project is to assist students in improving academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and school attendance. Mentors can share life experiences, help the youth make positive choices, explore careers and higher education, and set goals for the future. In addition, research shows that having a mentor reduces juvenile delinquency and the student's involvement in gangs.

Youth and volunteers are paired in same gender matches for at least one year, spending four to six hours per month together, outside school and work hours. Time spent together can be focused on schoolwork, going to movies, sporting events or museums, or simply talking and being a trusted friend.

To learn more about the "Be a Mentor Project," or to volunteer to be a mentor for Hayward schools, visit www.beamentor.org/hayward.

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