January is National Mentoring Month and the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center would like to salute the 19 adults and 37 Baker High School students who are volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of boys and girls here in the Baldwinsville School District. Each week, for about thirty minutes or so, they meet with their student one-on-one to form a caring bond with the goal of fostering positive academic and social development.
The Mentoring Program takes place at the school during the school day at the elementary level and after school at Ray Middle School and Durgee Jr. High. Mentors meet with their student once each week at the same time throughout the school year. While there may be some students who will need help with their school work; the role most mentors play is that of a friend, someone who cares and will listen. Mentors serve as a supporter, a motivator and a positive role model.
Even though we are almost half way through the school year, there are still students waiting to be matched with a mentor. If you would like to make a lasting impression on a young person's life, please call the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center at 638-0251.