Friday, April 18, 2014
Each year, Be a Mentor, a nonprofit organization headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., hosts its annual Mentor Appreciation Celebration to recognize all volunteers throughout the Lowcountry who make a difference in the lives of children through mentoring. The event will feature several mentoring programs across the Lowcountry, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Reading Partners, Metanoia and many more. The celebration will take place on April 24, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Academic Magnet High School and is expected to draw hundreds of mentor volunteers and supporters.
“We are so excited for our upcoming Mentor Appreciation Celebration to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring in our community,” explains Kristin Cunningham, executive director. “Mentoring is a simple, but powerful act. Just a few hours each month spent talking and sharing between a caring mentor and a child transforms two lives – the mentor's and the child's. It's one of the most effective paths toward meaningful community development we have in the Lowcountry.”
Be a Mentor currently has three signature programs being implemented in various schools throughout the Lowcountry. The Lunch Buddy program fills the need for in-school mentoring for elementary and middle school children. Project SHINE focuses on career exploration, academic success and teaches the importance of setting and reaching goals at the middle school grade levels. The Career Path program matches mentors with high school students interested in similar career areas. Through weekly meetings, mentors work to instill confidence, build social and emotional skills, and ensure that every child has a caring adult in their lives.
To get involved or for more information, please contact Eileen Burkhardt at Eburkhardt@beamentornow.org or visit the Be a Mentor website at www.beamentornow.org.