Sumner County Needs 55 TN Promise Mentors

With less than three weeks remaining until the tnAchieves mentor application deadline, Sumner County still needs 55 mentors to meet student demand. Statewide, 2,100 mentors are still needed to reachthe goal of 9,000.

In 2021, mentors will serve their community virtually using tnAchieves CONNECT. tnAchieves CONNECT is a new platform that allows for safe, impactful communication between mentors and students. It ensures that in a time of social-distancing, volunteers can continue giving back to local students in needof a little help!

Mentors support local TN Promise applicants as they transition from high school to college. They remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage students to achieve their goals. The time commitment is small, only about one hour per month, but theimpact can be life-changing for students, particularly those in their family that are first to attend college.

“Mentoring does not require an extensive knowledge of the college-going process,” said tnAchieves Director of Mentors Tyler Ford. “tnAchieves will provide the training and resources necessary to ensure mentors are successful in guiding their students. The most important quality of a mentor is their willingness to encourage students as they achieve their full potential. Anyone willing to commit just one hour per month to supporting students can serve as an excellent mentor.”

Mentors must be 21 years of age, are subject to a background check and complete a one-hour training.

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