UTHSC Mentoring Program seeks volunteers
Health Science Center employees and students can make a positive difference in children's lives when they participate in the UTHSC Mentoring Program.
The UTHSC, in partnership with the Northside Independent School District, is seeking faculty, staff and students to serve as mentors to at-risk students at John Glenn Elementary School. Mentors work one on one with students to improve reading or math skills. They serve as positive role models and friends to the children.
"Many of the children come from economically disadvantaged families," said Molly Hartshorn, administrator in the department of family and community medicine and coordinator of the UTHSC Mentoring Program. "The mentoring program gives these students a chance to exchange ideas and discuss life situations with someone they can look up to. It helps them develop their social skills and increases their confidence level."
Mentors volunteer one or two hours per week, including travel time. Since mentoring is done during school hours, volunteers use their lunch hour, compensatory time, or personal or vacation leave and must have the approval of their supervisors.
Several thousand volunteer sign-up forms were mailed this week to every Health Science Center department. Forms should be completed and returned to Hartshorn in the department of family and community medicine, room 610L in the Medical School Building. On Thursday, Aug. 30, the UTHSC Mentoring Program will provide information booths in the lecture room hallway next to Subway. Volunteer forms can be picked up or dropped off there as well. Mentoring begins Oct. 1 at John Glenn Elementary, 2385 Horal.
For more information, call Dr. Stephen Matteson at ext. 7-3341.