West Hartford Patch (West Hartford, CT) January 15, 2013
"When Ray was a third grader in Plainville, he had trouble with school and difficulty maintaining self-control in class. That year he joined the Plainville School Based Mentoring Program, were he met his mentor, Maryann, who stayed with him until he graduated high school. Ray and Maryann met once a week, doing things like having lunch, working on homework, or simply enjoying each other’s company and talking. Through those weekly meetings and Maryann’s support, Ray was able to improve his school performance and behavior in his classes. Now, Ray laughs when he remembers his third grade self. He is grateful that Maryann took the time each week to show up, spend time with him, and to give him the guidance he needed to become a successful young man.
January is National Mentoring Month and the goal of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, on behalf of 150 mentoring programs throughout the state, is to recruit more mentors to serve children like Ray who could benefit from extra support in schools and communities throughout the state." Read More