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Front Page - Friday, August 11, 2017

Mentors needed to work with TN Promise students

The partnering organization for Gov. Bill Haslam’s TN Promise in 84 counties, tnAchieves, is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for its fourth class of TN Promise applicants.

TN Promise offers every high school senior the opportunity to attend one of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology tuition free with a last-dollar scholarship.

The program also pairs each applicant with a volunteer mentor to ease the transition from high school to college.

The mentoring program requires a one-hour-per-month commitment following mandatory training and background check.

The program needs 9,000 volunteers across the state to ensure students that apply are provided a local support system. Hamilton County needs 402 mentors by Dec. 1.

“With the idea of eliminating the barriers keeping Tennessee students from entering the post-secondary pipeline, Tennessee Promise provides a last-dollar scholarship with mentor support to our state’s high school seniors,” says Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director.

“It sends the message to Tennessee families that post-secondary education is within reach for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status or zip code.”

“Mentors provide the encouragement and support students need to be successful as they transition from high school to college,” says tnAchieves Graham Thomas, deputy director of engagement and partnerships.

“Mentors remind students of important deadlines, answer students’ questions, alleviate their concerns and encourage students to reach their full potential.”

To learn more and apply, visit www.tnachieves.org or contact Thomas at graham@tnachieves.org or (615) 604-1306.

Source: tnAchieves