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Mentors Needed for Teens in Sacramento County

National Mentoring Month Shines Spotlight on Local Needs

SCOE News

January is National Mentoring Month, a campaign held each year to promote youth mentoring. It began in 2002 and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

At this time each year, we recognize the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. Being a mentor doesn't require special skills, just the ability to listen and offer friendship, guidance, and encouragement to a young person.

If you have what it takes to help young people navigate life's tough choices, please consider serving as a mentor. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is seeking adult mentors to serve as positive role models as part of the LINKS Mentoring Program for students at Calvine High School (8333 Vintage Park Drive) in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

LINKS Mentoring Program Details

SCOE's LINKS Mentoring Program is unique because it offers ongoing support to mentor/protégé matches by providing staff-facilitated, structured mentoring sessions each week. SCOE staff members attend group mentor sessions to organize activities and provide materials and support.

Mentors meet with their protégés for one hour each week. The group mentoring sessions consist of group activities, combined with one-to-one time for mentors and protégés. Qualifying mentors may commit to a semester, or an entire school year.

The LINKS Mentoring Program is operated by SCOE's Prevention and Student Services (PASS) Department, made possible through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

How to Volunteer

To volunteer for the LINKS Mentoring Program or request more information, email or phone Lindsay Cathcart: (916) 228-2565.