This year, 223 mentors are needed throughout Wilson County to assist students who’ll receive free college tuition through the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.
While 146 people have already volunteered to participate, about 77 are needed by Nov. 30.
The steps needed to start the process include:
• complete an application.
• choose a preferred high school.
• complete a one-hour training session.
• attend two one-hour meetings with students.
• communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.
Most volunteers invest anywhere from 10-15 hours a week to assist five to 10 high school seniors. Most mentors spend less than one hour a month to serve as a resource to each scholar.
Tennessee Achieves is specifically designed so that even the busiest executive, parent or young professional can make an impact. No experience in education is necessary. Mentors complete a training program, and there are several resources available online.
To begin the process to become a mentor, visit tnachieves.org/mentors/apply.