Past Events

FREE training for mentors!

posted Jan 15, 2015, 2:01 PM by Elly Zhilyak

We are once again offering an opportunity for mentor volunteers to participate in the Stewards of Children training for free (normal cost $15).  Stewards of Children is a program that teaches adults how to recognize and react responsibly to cases of child sexual abuse.  As someone who has been through the training, I can tell you that it is quite powerful and something I would recommend for every adult.  Don't miss this latest opportunity to attend for free! 

There will be multiple training sessions on Friday, February 13th.  The morning session will be from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  The afternoon session will be from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Both sessions will be offered at the following locations:  Griffin High, Spalding High, and Cowan Road Middle.  Please RSVP to jillian.rafter@gscs.org by 2/9/15.  In your email, indicate your preferred location and time.

Additional FREE training dates!

posted May 2, 2014, 9:18 AM by Elly Zhilyak

Two additional Stewards of Children (child sexual abuse prevention) trainings have been scheduled for June 9th.  There will be a morning and an afternoon training for added convenience.  Please pay close attention to the locations listed below as these sessions will not be at the GSCS Central Office.

June 9, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Anne Street Elementary
802 Anne Street
Griffin, GA 30224

June 9, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jackson Road Elementary
1233 Jackson Road
Griffin, GA 30223

FREE Training Date Set!

posted Feb 28, 2014, 7:39 AM by Elly Zhilyak

Our 2nd FREE Stewards of Children training has been set for 3/18/14 from 1 - 3:30 PM.  The training will be held in the small board room at the GSCS Central Office, 216 S. 6th Street. 

This is a terrific opportunity to receive specialized training that will assist you in identifying and reacting responsibly to instances of child sexual abuse.  As someone who has been through this training, I strongly encourage all mentors to attend.  The training normally costs $15 per attendee; however, the cost of the training is generously being covered by the Healthy Children's Strategy Team through the Spalding Collaborative. 

Please RSVP by 3/11/14 to jillian.rafter@gscs.org.  Can't wait to see you there!

2nd Opportunity for FREE Training!

posted Feb 11, 2014, 12:01 AM by Elly Zhilyak

Mentor volunteers have a 2nd opportunity to attend a Stewards of Children training for FREE!  The 1st training, held earlier this month, was a huge success and well received by all participating mentors.  Many thanks go to the Healthy Children Strategy Team and the Spalding Collaborative for covering the cost of training our volunteers.  And more thanks are in order, as volunteers will have another opportunity to participate in this worthwhile training at no cost of their own.  Once the date and time of the training is determined, it will be posted under Schedule of Events.  Mentors will also receive an invitation by phone and/or email.

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social!

posted Aug 14, 2013, 10:08 AM by Elly Zhilyak

We will be having a welcome back celebration for all volunteer mentors and student mentees!  Volunteers that are actively working with a student and those that are waiting to be placed are welcome to attend.  Please join us:
August 30, 2013
5:00 PM
Learning Center
Griffin-Spalding County Schools Central Office
216 S. 6th Street
Griffin, GA 30224

Please RSVP by 8/23/13 via email: jillian.rafter@gscs.org

Fun Events Coming Soon for Mentors and Mentees

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:24 AM by Elly Zhilyak   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 1:01 AM ]

Throughout the school year, we plan to organize several group activities and events that will allow our mentors and mentees to interact with each other and with other mentor/mentee pairs outside of their normal school environment.  All events will require parental permission.  If you have ideas or suggestions for activities that would be enjoyable for our program participants, please share them through the "Contact Us" link above. 

Our Inaugural Orientation Coming this December

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by Elly Zhilyak   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 12:54 AM ]

We have tentatively scheduled our inaugural orientation class for Thursday, December 6, 2012. Unless otherwise specified, all training sessions will be held at the Griffin-Spalding County Schools Central Office located at 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA 30224.  Your invitation to attend will include further information on room location.  Sessions will be held from 6-8 P.M.

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