The Griffin-Spalding County Mentor Program began in October 2012 through the combined efforts and contributions of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Housing Authority and the Griffin-Spalding County School System.The Mentor Program is managed through the Spalding Collaborative. The program is school based and is designed to bring together caring adults with children who would benefit academically or socially from a positive, stable role model in their lives.
Mentors act as listeners, role models and friends. Research shows children who are mentored have better school attendance, better attitudes toward school, a greater likelihood of completing school and less substance abuse than non-mentored students.
Mentors interact with their mentee at school, once each week for an hour. Mentors may engage in conversation, mentor academic subjects, play a game or attend a school program. The program requires a one-year commitment, but mentor-mentee pairings are encouraged to extend beyond the first year. Mentor visits are scheduled during school hours at the mentees assigned school.
To become a mentor:
1. Have an interest in working with and encouraging children.
2. Complete the online application at www.gscmentor.org
3. Successful completion of fingerprint/background check.
4. Completion of Mentor Training Program.