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Each month, UBJ presents an opportunity for the business community to step up, get engaged and start mentoring. We hope our readers will spend some time over the weekend thinking about how they can be ready to jump in next week with Mentor Monday.

 

Opportunity: Mentor a student in a Greenville County elementary, middle or high school.

Organization: Mentor Greenville

Commitment: Breakfast or lunch once a week with one student for one school year (September-May)

Ideal for: Adults 21 and older with a desire to help students achieve their potential and discover their strengths.

What it’s like: While having lunch (or breakfast) once a week at school, you can support a child by being a positive and consistent presence in his or her life.

Why you’re needed: A child may need a mentor for many reasons – a death in the family, a divorce in the family, a single-parent household, poverty, a move from one school to another, a move from another country, low academic performance, or behavioral problems.

Mentoring makes an investment in the future. By spending just 30 minutes to one hour each week with a student and showing your interest in his or her life, you can help identify the gifts and talents of a child, provide that child a sense of hope and vision, and increase the likelihood this young person will graduate from high school and become a contributing member of society.

The reasons are many. The needs are undeniable. Mentors can make a difference.

Learn more: mentorupstate.org and facebook.com/mentorgville

Contact: Alise Brown, director of mentor development, abrown@frazeecenter.com

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