The Children’s Workshop Mentoring Program held a celebration on May 30, 2012 at Central Falls High School to commemorate the completion of their first semester of mentoring in the school.
Fifteen students from Central Falls High School and the Square Mile Program at CF High School participated in the Mentor Program. They were matched with mentors from area communities including employees of The Children’s Workshop and program partners Navigant Credit Union and Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage. Mentors and mentees meet for an hour each week to participate together in games and activities set up by the program, get to know each other, work on homework or special projects, or to just hang out and talk. The program will take a break for the summer but will reconvene in September when school is back in session.
Program founder Kelli DiDomenico was proud of her mentors and mentees and said at the yearend event, “The TCW Mentoring Program is privileged to work with such an incredible group of students and mentors – our success is a direct result of their dedication and passion. We are also grateful to Central Falls Principal Joshua LaPlante and Patricia Martinez, the Executive Director of the Center for Family Support and Student Development – their support was pivotal to our success and we cannot thank them enough for believing in us!”
The Children’s Workshop Mentoring Program was created by DiDomenico, Director of Parent and Community Engagement at The Children’s Workshop and her partner, Regional Manager Alison George at the end of 2010 in cooperation with RI Mentoring Partnership, a RI non-profit. The Program’s mission is “To enhance the lives of our youth by providing them with the guidance necessary for a successful future through mentoring.” The organization seeks to match at risk youth with willing mentors, a task they successfully accomplished this semester at Central Falls High School. Research shows that children who have a mentor are less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol, less likely to skip school, and less likely to engage in violence.
The Program is actively seeking and interviewing mentor candidates. For more information about the program or to apply to be a mentor, please contact Kelli or Alison at 401-334-0100. For more information, please visit www.childrensworkshop.com/tcw-mentoring-program.