Each year Family Connection of Union and Towns Counties come together to thank the dedicated mentors and volunteers who take the time to meet with students as part of the Mentor Program in each county. These mentors spend 30 minutes to an hour each week talking or playing games and being a role model and extra support for the children. This year’s banquet theme was, “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes.” The event was held at the Towns County Recreation Complex and Conference Center. Mentors and their guests were treated to a dinner catered by Amazing Grace Catering, complete with a Superman cake.
Guests heard from special speakers, Kim and Joe Tatman, who mentor in Union County, Allie Weldon, a Young Harris student mentoring in Towns County and as a special treat, Chloe Jump, a current Union County High School student, being mentored through the REACH program. Each gave their take on what mentoring means to them and how mentors are like superheroes. According to Chloe, “One of the best qualities I see in mentors is that they give a judgment free and friendly environment of which I believe everyone deserves.” Another way her mentor has been a benefit to her is, “You learn from each other, earn a friend, and have someone to share your success with.”
The Mentor Program could not be successful without caring, adult role models and students who are willing to share a few minutes of their week together. Thank you to each person who is already involved. Students in Union County who have a mentor have been shown to improve their grades, have fewer absentees and have fewer discipline referrals. If you would like more information about how you can also be a “Superhero Mentor”, please contact Union County Family Connection at 706-835-4351.
Thank you once again to the mentors of Union & Towns counties. Your dedication to your students truly is changing lives.