Cleveland Schools recruiting 500 volunteers to build up students' futures

Cleveland Schools recruiting 500 volunteers to build up students' futures

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is looking for a few good men and women to be volunteer mentors.

They need 500 volunteers to step up and guide students this year.

The goal is to pair students with working professionals in the classroom.

9th grader Cheyenne Russell says she had no idea that having a mentor would have such an impact on her life.

"I know that I can go to her and just ask her anything," she said.

And it goes both ways.

"I'm just so excited to see Cheyenne and the rest of the students succeed," said mentor Roshonda Smith.

The two ladies are a part of True2U, a small group mentoring program in the Cleveland school district.

Volunteer mentors are matched with a small group of students and meet with them in their classrooms.This is the fourth year of the program

"They meet with their students once a month on Thursday mornings for two hours, and they work through our structured curriculum, which focuses on getting students to really think about their interests and then setting goals for the future based on those interests and strengths," said Molly Feghali, Program Director.

Roshonda says in the last three years she's been involved, she's really seen her mentors build some beautiful relationships.

"By the last time, probably the last month we're together the students have just flourished and have really come into their own," said Roshonda.

Cheyenne offers this advice to her peers.

"You should just, actually listen to the mentors because you could take a lot back from what they have to say," she said.

Click here, if you're interested in becoming a mentor to a student.

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