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TN Promise searching for volunteer mentors

The organization is in need of 9,000 mentors for the TN Promise applicant class of 2022.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:23 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - TN Achiceves has begun recruiting volunteer mentors to provide support to every TN Promise applicant.

The organization is in need of 9,000 mentors for the TN Promise applicant class of 2022.

Mentors will work with a small group of three to seven students to aid in their transition from high school to college. Mentors will send reminders to students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and provide encouragement.

“You cannot replace the committed, encouraging support offered by a local mentor,” says tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro. “Through the challenges of the past year, we have been grateful to our volunteers across the state who answered the call to ensure students successfully transition to college and feel seen. While TN Promise funding is important, mentors represent the heart of our program.”

All mentors are requried to complete a one-hour online training and receive weekly updates on the program and its requirements.

“For the last 13 years, tnAchieves has provided high-impact mentor support for students,” says tnAchieves Director of Mentors Tyler Ford. “Virtual mentoring has made it possible to continue supporting students locally while doing so safely. If you have one hour a month and believe in the transformative power of education, you can serve as an outstanding mentor for students in your community.”

Mentors can serve students in their community from home, offering support via text, email, calls and video chat on their schedule. Those interested in learning more or applying can visit www.tnAchieves.org/mentors.

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