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September 3, 2008 > Mentors lead to succeed

Mentors lead to succeed

Submitted By Jerry Metzker

As the new school year begins, Be A Mentor, Inc. in collaboration with the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) is asking adults to volunteer to mentor middle school students one-on-one to provide them with support and guidance.

The Hayward Schools Mentoring Project matches adults with seventh and eighth graders in all five HUSD middle schools to improve academic performance, interpersonal relationships and school attendance, as well as reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs.

Studies show that young people with a mentor do better in school and develop healthier and more successful adult lives, particularly those who lack adult role models and support. Volunteer mentors agree to spend four to six hours per month with a youth, reviewing homework or school activities, going to the movies, sporting events, museums or historic sites, or simply spend time talking about life, dreams and goals. In many instances, mentoring provides the opportunity for young people to acquire the fundamental skills required to succeed academically, socially and professionally.

The goal of The Hayward Schools Mentoring Project is to ensure that every young person who wants a mentor to help set goals and realize dreams has one and seeks to match at least 150 Hayward middle schoolers this year.

To succeed, The Hayward Schools Mentoring Project needs dedicated community involvement and volunteers and invites adults to apply to be a mentor via the web at http://www.beamentor.org/hayward or via phone at (888) 232-BEAMENTOR.

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