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Carver Recreation rolling out new mentoring program

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 10, 2019 at 10:24 PM

Carver Recreation Center is preparing to launch a new community mentoring program for at-risk students and is inviting parents and caregivers to an information meeting to explain how it works.

Center Director Herb Greenlee said the program’s goal is to connect students with community professionals with practical knowledge in the students’ particular areas of interest.

Equally important, Greenlee said, the program will help students and their families access other community resources that can help clear the student’s path to developing those interest.

The program will be conducted in partnership with Johnson City Schools, area churches, local industries, the Johnson City Police Department, the Tennessee Center for Applied Technology in Elizabethton, local businesses, community organizations, retired teachers and others who are coming forward to serve as mentors.

The key, Greenlee said, will be determining where the student’s interests lie.

“We are going to leave it up to the parents and kids to determine what activities they want to get into. It could be vocational, or college, whatever it is they want to do. We’ve got mentors of all kinds. Now we just need to get the kids so we can hook them up.

“We will match them with mentors who can build on whatever the activity it is they want to get into. And if they need resources, Carver will go out and find resources to fill the gaps.”

An informational meeting to introduce the program to parents and guardians of students in grades 5-12 will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the recreation center at 322 W. Watauga Ave.

The meeting will begin with a dinner and those who wish to attend should RSVP by calling the recreation center at 423-461-8830. Planned activities will be provided for children who attend the meeting and students who wish to join the program will be able register.

Greenlee said the program launch will continue with a student meeting to be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, and finally a Mentors Fair planned for Monday, Nov. 11.

After the launch, the program will be conducted Monday-through-Friday at the Recreation Center.

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