Community Hears About Mentoring Program

Community Hears About Mentoring Program
Posted on 01/30/2019
Community Hears About Mentoring Program

Nacogdoches High School asked for help with its burgeoning mentorship program, and the community responded.

More than 70 people attended an informational meeting held Monday at Banita Creek Hall, where they heard from others who have volunteered to be mentors with similar programs. Guests were shown a video where an NHS graduate now attending college described how she benefited from a mentoring relationship.

“All we ask is a year commitment and one hour a week,” NHS Principal Dr. Rom Crespo said during Monday’s organizational meeting.

The response was crucial. Assistant Principal Terri Williams, who organized Monday’s meeting, left with a stack of prospects for the new program.

“The Nacogdoches community really came through,” Crespo said afterwards. “The turnout tonight was wonderful, and we’ve received interest from more people who were unable to make this meeting.”

Those interested in helping out can still get involved by contacting Williams at 936-564-2466, ext. 2152 or twilliams2@nacisd.org.

The idea of a mentoring program began to take shape after a series of meetings between Crespo and NHS faculty.

“We have many students who need additional support, and we wanted to reach out to our community and other NISD staff for help,” Crespo said.

During Monday’s presentation, Ty’Kesha Roberts described in a video how a relationship with a mentor helped her overcome some difficult times while in high school. Ty’Kesha graduated in 2013 from Nacogdoches High School and is attending the University of Texas-Dallas where she will complete in August her master’s degree in social work.

“We have numerous students who just need some additional support that they might not receive elsewhere,” Crespo said. “Oftentimes, that one hour a week is all that’s needed to turn around the life of a student.”

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