By Nicole Deck
Gainesville’s Institute for Workforce Innovation is recruiting entrepreneurs, business professionals and community leaders to serve in a mentoring program for Project YouthBuild students.
IWI was awarded a $7,000 grant from YouthBuild USA to launch the mentoring program, which focuses on closing the opportunity gap by improving academic and placement outcomes, and increasing opportunities to connect with positive role models.
Mentors must be willing to commit to 15 months of service and to participate in six hours per month of activities, community service events, and individual face time with those students they are mentoring. All mentors will receive an orientation and have the support of monthly mentorship calls.
For more information about the program, contact IWI at 225-3307.
Meantime, Keira Simmonds, mentoring program coordinator for IWI, will attend the Fifth Annual National Mentoring Summit Jan. 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
This event is a national forum that brings a diverse cross-section of the mentoring sector together to advance mentoring’s impact on individuals and their communities.
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