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May 2012

A unique way to give back

If you've been thinking about becoming a mentor for a UNCG Guarantee student, now would be a great time to volunteer.

The UNCG Guarantee program is entering its third year, and with that comes a new cohort of students who will need mentors.

The UNCG Guarantee is a scholarship program that helps in-state students graduate in four years with little or no debt. In addition to the financial support, the program also provides help for students by offering workshops, retreats, leadership training and a mentor. That's where you come in.

Mentoring doesn't take any special talent — just a willingness to talk and listen and be available.

Mentors are asked to meet or touch base with their mentee once or twice a month. Sometimes it involves meeting over a cup of coffee on Tate Street or going to a theatre production; other times it's a simple email or phone call to just check in.

Some students sail through their freshman year but others run into difficulties. In those instances, a mentor is there to spot potential problems and direct their mentee toward campus services that can help.

Ideally mentors should be from the Piedmont Triad area so that it's easy to meet up with their students. Aside from that, all ages, genders and professions are welcome.

To become a mentor, fill out this form. For more information about being a mentor, contact Linda Carter, executive director of the Alumni Association, at 336-256-2014 or email linda_carter@uncg.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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