Fairmont looking for community mentors

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Impact Racing Ministries is looking for 20 mentors “who are committed to pouring into the life of youth,” said David Dodd.

They will be working with the school system, “with the mentees primarily from Moore Elementary,” Dodd said, and mentors being certified by Jillian Rafter, who coordinates the Griffin-Spalding County School System mentoring program.

“We will provide the training on Thursday nights in January,” Dodd said, from 7 to 8 p.m. each night, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the Impact Racing Ministries community center on Kentucky Avenue.
“We’ve been doing life here for four years,” Dodd said of Impact Racing Ministries, “bringing opportunity and change to the community. We realized we did not want to be an event-driven ministry. We want to reach the community, and in order to make an impact, there needs to be a relationship, one on one, one mentor, one child.”

The mentoring training program is inspired by the book, “The Fatherless Generation,” by John Sowers, Dodd said, with formal training by Jason Lyles, and certification by Rafter, upon completion of training.
“I want to encourage people to consider it,” Dodd said, “to step up and be a part of a kid in this community.”
Impact Racing Ministries will provide the opportunity for mentors who cannot do it during normal school hours, setting up times at the community center on Kentucky Avenue and during Impact Racing field trips.


“We’re reaching out to the business and faith community, to anyone willing to commit,” Dodd said.
The organization is also reaching out to law enforcement and public safety to participate, with a reception and information about the mentoring program on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the community center on Kentucky Avenue.

“This is an Impact Racing Ministries initiative,” Dodd said, “with Journey Church as a big partner.”
For more information see the Impact Racing Ministries Facebook page, message Dodd there or call him at 770-364-7880.

Griffin Daily News
Ray Lightner