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TN Promise, tnAchieves looking for mentors for students in local counties

tnAchieves needs 2,500 more mentors to make sure each student has a local support system.(Image: WTVC)

A local organization is looking for volunteer mentors to reach the needs of students applying for TN Promise.

With a record-breaking number of 62,000 students applying for TN Promise this year, tnAchieves needs 2,500 more mentors to make sure each student has a local support system.

Ben Stirling of tnAchieves says the program has recruited 72 percent of the volunteers needed for the state.

Stirling tells us that Hamilton County needs 23 more mentors to meet their demand.

Other area counties that also have mentor needs:

  • Bradley: 71
  • Grundy: 5
  • Marion: 6
  • McMinn: 29
  • Meigs: 11
  • Rhea: 5
  • Polk: 7

The mentors are paired with students to help them transition from high school to college.

Mentors spend one hour per month encouraging students, reminding them of deadlines, and serving as a college resources.

“Many TN Promise students are intimidated by the college-going process,” said tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro. “Mentors provide the nudges and encouragement our students often need to be successful.

DeAlejandro says one hour per month can have a huge impact on a student.

tnAchieves provides training and tools for all mentors to work with their students.

You can get more information or apply at https://tnachieves.org/mentors/apply.

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