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McDowell County program in need of mentors

WELCH (NEWS RELEASE) – As part of National Mentoring Month, Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) is partnering with Reconnecting McDowell, West Virginia University Extension and McDowell County Public Schools to launch the McDowell County Mentoring Program in January.
CCWVa is currently working on mentor/mentee matching and planning school-based mentoring sessions. On Jan. 23, at Mount View Middle School in Welch, the mentees will have the opportunity to get to know each other and receive an overview of the program. "The program is ready to launch," says Carol Bailey, CCWVa Interim Southern Region director, "but we need more mentors. This is a great way for conscientious community members to improve the lives of one and improve the community." National Mentoring Month focuses on increasing awareness of the effectiveness and need for mentors nationwide. Across the U.S., mentoring programs will be celebrating National Mentoring Month in various ways.
CCWVa is fortunate to offer the mentoring program to the Southern Region through the collaboration of national, state and local organizations. The McDowell County Mentoring Program is made possible through a sub grant with Catholic Charities USA from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Additional funding and support is provided by the Reconnecting McDowell subcommittee members, including Reconnecting McDowell, McDowell County Schools and the Search Institute.
CCWVa and the Search Institute analyzed several factors to determine the effectiveness of the program during the implementation phase of the research. These factors will be measured periodically throughout the duration of the mentoring program on each participant. The mentoring program has been designed to assist youth with improving their developmental assets, decrease truancy, increase school achievement and decrease anti-social behavior.
To become a mentor or find out more information about the program, contact CCWVa Southern Region at (304) 425-4306, or Like it on Facebook – Catholic Charities West Virginia Southern Region.
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