You can make a lasting difference in the life of a young person by being the role model who encourages him or her to set and meet goals and to reach a little higher. Through College Bound Mesa, you can be the mentor that helps a low-income student realize higher education is valuable - and reachable.
A nonprofit community resource, College Bound Mesa provides mentors for students of limited means who show academic potential. The mentors provide one-on-one guidance, meeting with students two to four hours per month and helping them develop successful behaviors and personal growth as they set and achieve goals.
College Bound Mesa activities include field trips and projects, education workshops, service learning opportunities, and cultural or other education-based activities. The students are also given help with completing college, scholarship and financial aid applications, arrangement of college tours, and other assistance. And, resources are provided to parents that allow them to support their child's efforts.
College Bound Mesa began last fall with a group of seventh-graders at Rhodes Junior High, and will expand to three high schools this fall. Volunteer mentors are needed for the 2011-2012 school year.
For more information, call Liz Paulus at (480) 834-2116 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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