NASHVILLE — With the Dec. 3 deadline less than two months away, tnAchieves needs an additional 5,900 volunteer mentors across the state to support TN Promise applicants from the Class of 2022.
Sullivan County needs 158 mentors to meet its goal of 218, while Hawkins County needs 50 mentors to meet its goal of 77.
TN Promise, in partnership with tnAchieves, allows every graduating high school senior the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition-free with mentor support.
Mentors spend one hour a month assisting students as they transition from high school to college. In 2022, mentors will have the choice to serve their students either virtually or in person depending on the mentor’s preference.
Many of the students that apply for the scholarship will be the first in their families to at- tend college. Mentors work with students to overcome barriers that previously prevented students from accessing higher education. In 2022, mentors will play a critical role in helping to re- verse negative enrollment trends brought on by the pandemic.
“The Class of 2022 has faced countless obstacles and challenges in their pursuit of a high school diploma,” tnAchieves Director of Mentors Tyler Ford said. “TnAchieves mentors offer the personal support and encouragement many students need to ensure their transition to college is smooth as they begin their post-secondary career motivated and prepared to realize their full potential.”
Graham Thomas, tnAchieves deputy director of partnerships and government relations, said: “Ultimately there is no substitute for a committed, caring local support system. Our mentors offer support to students who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn for guidance through the college-going process!”
Mentors will be provided with online training and a handbook to help navigate the program. Volunteers will also receive weekly updates from tnAchieves and have access to its staff for questions and concerns.
Potential mentors must be 21 and are subject to a background check. For more information or to apply, you can go online to http://www.tnachieves.org/mentors or contact Ford at (309) 945-3446 or tyler@tnAchieves.org.