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Program has opening for 28 mentors

January rings in the new year and is often a time for new beginnings and resolutions.

How about becoming more resolved to help students in McDuffie County?

One way to do that is by becoming a mentor. President Obama has designated January as National Mentoring Month. In the proclamation (available at, President Obama says: "Across our Nation, mentors steer our youth through challenging times and support their journey into adulthood. During National Mentoring Month, we honor these important individuals who unlock the potential ... The dedication of mentors has helped countless young men and women succeed when they might have otherwise fallen short of their full potential. Mentors can provide a steady presence and share their valuable knowledge and experiences. Even brief amounts of quality time set aside by these compassionate adults can have a lasting impact on the development of a child. ... From coaches to community leaders, tutors to trusted friends, mentors are working with today's youth to develop tomorrow's leaders."

In McDuffie County, Partners for Success coordinates mentors in all local schools.

There are vacancies for 23 male mentors and five female mentors.

The requirements for McDuffie mentors are simple:

Male mentors will work with male students, and female mentors will work with female students.

All mentors must complete a background check through Partners.

All mentors must complete a 45-minute training session.

Mentoring sessions are conducted at the school or at the PFS office.

Mentoring sessions should last between 20 and 30 minutes each week.

McDuffie County Partners for Success has many wonderful examples of a mentor making a difference in the life of a student.

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, we'd love to spotlight some of these stories.

For more information on Partners for Success and the mentoring program, please contact Miriam Smith at (706) 595-3112 or

(Ms. Smith is the executive director of McDuffie County Partners for Success, Inc., P.O Box 68, 1121 White Oak Road, Thomson, GA 30824. Find out more at

Web posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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