KNOXVILLE — With only four days remaining, tnAchieves, the partnering organization that administers Tennessee Promise in 84 counties, needs 2,000 more mentors to meet its goal of providing every Tennessee Promise applicant from the Class of 2017 with a local support system.
“The most important part of the Tennessee Promise is mentoring. It cannot just be about access, it has to be about success. Mentoring makes a major impact on the lives of our young people, and their success is transforming our state,” said Randy Boyd, Commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development and tnAchieves Board Chairman. “It is a small time commitment with the potential for a big impact.”
Each TN Promise applicant is assigned a volunteer mentor who assists the student in eliminating the barriers associated with post-secondary access and success. tnAchieves mentors support the student through admission and financial aid paperwork, motivate the student to meet deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, encourage the student to reach his/her potential.
“The heart of our program is mentorship, providing the student with someone from their community who serves as a resource and an encourager,” said Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, tnAchieves. “The majority of TN Promise students are the first in their families to pursue college. This makes the mentor presence critical to student success.”
tnAchieves asks mentors to give one hour per month to high school seniors as they transition from high school to college. The organization provides training, a handbook, and weekly communication to ensure the mentor is fully equipped to serve his/her students.
The deadline to apply is November 21, 2016. The application can be found at www.tnachieves.org.
“tnAchieves works because volunteers from every community step up for their students,” adds Graham Thomas, Deputy Director of Engagement and Partnerships, tnAchieves. “We still have a great need for mentors from Greene County to Shelby County and every county in between.”
Launched in 2008, tnAchieves is a privately-funded scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post-secondary degree.
For information on tnAchieves, contact Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, at 865.621.9223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.