Become A Mentor

Become A Mentor Become A Mentor   Become A Mentor
 
“When you give your time, experience, and wisdom to young people, you are sowing seeds of pride, confidence and accomplishment.” Thomas Dortch, Jr. , The Miracle of Mentoring
Mentoring is a supportive relationship between a school-aged child and a caring adult volunteer. Through regularly scheduled visits to the school, the mentor provides support, guidance and serves as a role model and wise friend to the student. Through mentoring , students gain valuable life skills, self confidence and appreciation of goal setting and achievement. 
 
Requirements to become a Gaston County School Mentor 
  • Submit an electronic Volunteer Application at gastonschoolvolunteers.com
  • A criminal background check is required when the application is submitted
  • Register and attend a one hour training and orientation class. The dates are listed below.
  • Select a school where you would like to serve. You may discuss options by calling 704-866-6329.
  • Commit to meeting regularly with your mentee during the school day. All interaction takes place on school grounds during the school day.
Volunteers can enter the mentoring program at any time throughout the school year.  For more information or to reserve your seat for a mentor training call Valerie Yatko, Director of Business and Community Partnerships at 704-866-6329 or email businesspartnerships@gaston.k12.nc.us.

Group training sessions for businesses, community groups and faith based organizations are available upon request.
 
All mentor training sessions listed below are held at the Gaston Regional Chamber, 601 West Franklin Blvd., Gastonia from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

August 17, 2016
August 31, 2016
September 14, 2016,
October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 14, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
2016 Paul Fuller Scholarship Recipient
South Point High School senior Reggie Dawkins was the recipient of the 2016 Paul Fuller Mentoring Scholarship. Dawkins is pictured with his mentor Van Hawkins. 
 
 
"I am a mentor because it has given me the opportunity to invest in a young man who has lots of potential but needs guidance and direction., It has been a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community." Jon

"I mentor because it is how I am able to invest in the community that invested in me." -GCS mentor

"I am a mentor because the success and well being of our young people is the future of society - if all I ever do is help on person to succeed and make a lasting impression which changes that person's life then I feel like I have succeeded. If they win - we win!" Scot Hughes

"I am a mentor because there are too many children that do not have the love and support they need. ...my small gift of time and presence (can) give a child a better chance to succeed." - GCS mentor
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