Indian Island Mentoring Program in Need of Volunteers
A program on Indian Island that provides role models for children can use a booster shot, of volunteers.Meghan Hayward has the story.The Boys and Girls Club of the Penobscot Nation needs volunteers for its mentoring program.”The mentoring program is one-on-one time with one of the boys or girls here that’s in the program. You don’t have to be native to be a mentor or mentee.”Kids can play basketball, shoot some pool or make arts and crafts.Mentoring Coordinator Tera Choquette says while extraordinary things can come from it, the program doesn’t ask for an extraordinary commitment from volunteers.”It’s only an hour a week we’re asking for. Anybody 17 and older can come in and mentor for the kids. It’s a great program.”A program that helps the future of these kids too.”Mentoring programs are shown to reduce first time drug use over 50 percent and first time alcohol use for children is 30 percent.”Choquette says those who do volunteer end up getting a lot out of the program themselves.”once they’re in here and they’re around the kids you can see a difference in people. They come in here and it just makes everybody so much more happier.”Tribal Chief, Kirk Francis, says it’s easy to see the difference the mentoring program makes on these kids.”Several examples that I can think of, of youth that we’ve had come into the club and have excelled and gone onto do great things. Continue to give the club credit and the community credit for their success and those are the things we look to do.”If you would like to become a volunteer for the mentoring program you can call them at 817-7357.