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Jan 19

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Celebrate January

The City of Longview Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program is celebrating National Mentoring Month by raising awareness about the important role mentoring can play and the positive effect it can have on young lives.
Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program started 17 years ago as a pilot program on two school campuses in Longview and Pine Tree Independent School Districts. Today, the program can be found in eight school districts in Longview and five surrounding counties. One hundred and sixty-eight children are currently being served in one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Lyndell McAllister, Director of Mentoring, states, “We are one program of many across the nation providing mentors to young people. This is a special time of the year that we take the opportunity to raise awareness of how mentoring can positively impact children, and to thank our many volunteers for their time and service. Statistics show that young people with mentors are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 53% less likely to skip school; and 33% less likely to hit someone. Our mentoring theme this year is “All American Stars for the Future.” Through mentoring, young people can build their own future story with the support and encouragement of a mentor.”
Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program would like to thank the many mentors who have served throughout the years. If you have a caring heart and one hour per week, you are invited to attend a mentor training on January 20 or February 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., or February 2 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Please call 903-237-1019 to register for a training session and schedule a time to visit with the mentoring staff. For more information, visit PIP.LongviewTexas.gov.

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