Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee is putting out a call for mentors for Tennessee Promise, pointing out only half the mentors needed have signed on to volunteer their time this coming year.
“For the past four years I have served as a mentor for THS seniors as part of Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative,” Curlee said. “I hope I have been an encouragement in some small way to students transitioning from Tullahoma High School to Motlow State College or a technical school. In many cases these are first generation college students and are apprehensive about the transition.”
While pointing out the importance of mentors, the mayor noted that many more are needed to help guide students into their college and post-high school careers.
"I was alarmed to hear Tullahoma has only one-half the number of mentors we need to support these THS students that will graduate in May,” he said, noting it is not time consuming. “Please consider being a mentor. The time commitment is minimal – 30 minutes to one hour monthly. In fact, much of the time you are simply texting and reminding them of upcoming deadlines and things to do.”
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“Mostly you will simply be an encourager and answer basic questions,” the mayor said. “For tough questions there are folks at the state level to whom you can refer your mentee. Mentors are typically assigned four or five mentees. We need mentors to help THS students. Remember, you can help change a life and impact a family for generations.”
You may call the mayor with questions or apply at https://tnachieves.org/mentors/apply/new-mentor-application/. The deadline is approaching.
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