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Lead4Life Mentoring Program

Lead4Life Mentoring Program

The Lead4Life, Inc. Mentoring Program, which operates under the, Washington County Diversion Program Grant, matched their first mentee and mentor relationship on August 5, 2011. The program recruits adults and youth to act as mentors to at-risk youth in our community. The diversion program's goal is to veer youth from becoming involved in the Department of Juvenile Services.
Antoine has been matched with Marco who is an eighth grader. Together Marco and Antoine enjoy riding bicycles, talking and sightseeing. Chelsi had been matched with Paige who will be a freshman this year. They enjoy sports, shopping, talking and eating ice cream. Mentors and mentee's will meet a minimum of four hours per month for one year. Both of these volunteer mentors have been trained through an orientation process and will continue to receive training throughout the relationship. In addition to the mentors the youth and parents are trained to appropriately engage in the mentoring relationship. All mentors are put through a screening process which includes a background checks, motor vehicle checks, and references.
The Mentoring Advisory Board (MAB) approved the program's policies and procedures in early June. Members of the MAB consist of community members, parents, state agencies, and non-profits. If you would like to volunteer your experiences with an at-risk youth please contact Angela St. Clair at 301-791-7314 or email stclair@firstchance4u.org. You can also attend a Blast Off, an informational session, for prospective adults who would like to mentor a youth. These sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7PM at 44 North Potomac Street 3rd, Hagerstown. Please call to register.

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