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GGA Lunch & Learn - February 15, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
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Join us for GGA’s first Lunch & Learn of 2018

Youth Mentoring Across Georgia

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 · 11:30am – 1:30pm (ET)
Location: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree St. NW, 10th Floor,  Atlanta, GA 30303

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have a powerful positive effect on the future success of young people, especially those who are at-risk for falling off track. When paired with a mentor, vulnerable young people are 55 percent more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college.

Governor Deal, in his efforts to improve educational outcomes for Georgia’s youth, created the REACH Scholarship program, a needs-based scholarship that begins in eighth grade and combines the promise of a $10,000 scholarship award at high school graduation with a strong mentoring program that follows a student through their high school years. The REACH Georgia program now includes nearly 1,200 students in 103 school systems across the state. State funding supports these scholarships, but this program’s ultimate impact is directly tied to the capacity of local communities to provide their REACH scholars with a robust mentoring program.

Many youth-serving organizations throughout Georgia offer mentoring programs, but many of these face serious challenges and struggle to achieve the capacity required to address the scope of need.

GGA’s February 15 Lunch & Learn program provides an opportunity to learn more about the current capacity of Georgia’s youth mentoring programs and proposed efforts to grow their capacity. Please join us for a program that will include:

  • An overview of the REACH Scholarship Program
  • A review of findings from the 2017 Youth Mentoring in Georgia Report undertaken by the J.W. Fanning Institute at UGA
  • The proposed plan to launch a Georgia affiliate of the National Mentoring Partnership that would provide support and technical assistance to local communities in expanding the capacity and impact of their youth mentoring programs.

Presenters will include:

  • Brad Bryant,
    Vice President of REACH (a program of the Georgia Student Finance Commission)
  • Tyler Thigpen,
    Author of the 2017 Youth Mentoring in Georgia Report
  • Joellen Spacek,
    Director of State Affiliates, The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Matt Bishop,
    Director, J.W. Fanning Institute at UGA

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