One person can make the difference in the life of a child.
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The Griffin-Spalding County Mentor Program is and initiative of the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families & Children, which began in 2012 in partnership with the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Housing Authority, and the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The Mentor Program matches responsible adults with students who would benefit from having the extra time and attention that a mentor can bring.
A mentor acts as a listener, a role model and a friend. 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. Science tells us that children are more likely to succeed when they have at least one caring adult in their life.
Mentors interact with their mentee on a weekly basis, either on school premises or virtually in a monitored open room. The program requires a one-year commitment, but mentor-mentee pairings are encouraged to extend beyond the first year. The mentor visiting schedule is flexible and may occur during or after school hours.
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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?''
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Griffin-Spalding County Mentor Program is administered through the Spalding Collaborative, a quasi-governmental 501(c)3 entity. The Collaborative serves as a local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to asses, plan, implement, and evaluate plans that address serious challenges facing Spalding County's children and families. They aim to improve the well-being and health conditions of families through a collaborative system of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual supports. To learn more about the Collaborative and about additional local efforts that are underway, please visit the Spalding Collaborative website.