Help the Y, help our youth

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 1, 2006

Do you ever worry about the youth of our community?

Wonder if they have enough good role models? Or whether they have enough activities to keep them busy and out of trouble?

The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County offers the Triangle Mentoring Program for young people at the School of Discovery and CHAT Academy.

But, they need your help.

The program still seeks volunteers to serve as mentors to these youth.

Currently, they have almost a dozen students who do not have mentors, but want to be a part of the program.

In addition, organizers want to expand the program to include more schools, but need to have enough mentors to do that.

A joint effort among local churches, Dallas County and Selma City school districts, the program aims to help produce self-confident children by combining the philosophy of spirit, body and mind.

The goal is to match 150 children in grades sixth through eighth with mentors over a three-year period.

In order to become a mentor, one must fill out an application and undergo a background, check, a 15-minute interview and a training session.

The organization asks that all members have at least a one-year commitment to the program.

Become a volunteer and make a difference in the life of a local student. For more information, call (334) 872-1496.