Mentors still needed

Published Sep 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

Opportunities are still available to be a volunteer mentor in the Rome school district’s expanded mentoring program, with 35 having signed up so far and up to 15 more positions to be filled.

Anyone wishing to serve still has time to sign up for the program in which mentors are being sought to dedicate one hour per week from mid-October to mid-May at one of five elementary schools, said district Superintendent Peter C. Blake. The program previously included three schools.

The 35 persons who have signed up include 18 who volunteered to mentor in the district’s program during the previous school year, said Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President William Guglielmo; the district is recruiting mentors in partnership with the chamber and the New York State Mentoring Program. State guidelines allow for as many as 10 mentors per site, so the district can recruit up to 50 volunteers overall for the five schools.

Mentoring sessions at the schools will be from 3:10-4:10 p.m. at Bellamy and Gansevoort on Tuesdays; Denti and Joy on Wednesdays; and Staley on Thursdays.

Men and women who are age 18 or older are eligible to be a mentor. A training session for new mentors will be Sept. 27 from 3-5 p.m. at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus.

For more information or to sign up for the program, call Guglielmo at 315-337-1700 or Frank DiBeradino of the NYS Mentoring Program’s Advisory Council at 315-337-4721.