Northeast Times

Frankford High seeks volunteer mentors

One hour a week.

Steph­en Stevens Jr. and Kath­ryn DiMola are look­ing for men and wo­men who can spare that hour to give a little guid­ance to some Frank­ford High School ninth-graders.

The two are try­ing to line up adults to ment­or the kids, help­ing them get bet­ter grades or as­sist­ing with some per­son­al is­sues like set­ting up their own bank ac­counts.

Maybe all that needs to be done is to listen or of­fer a little ad­vice to the teens, they said dur­ing the Oct. 6 meet­ing of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation at Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus.

DiMola and Stevens, who work for Frank­ford’s Boys and Girls Club, are hop­ing to match 125 kids with adults. They stressed that the stu­dents who sign up for the ment­or pro­gram sin­cerely want to get help. They’re not be­ing forced in­to the pro­gram; it’s their de­cision.

DiMola said the vo­lun­teer ment­ors must un­der­go back­ground checks and be ap­proved by young­sters’ par­ents. The adults will meet with stu­dents on school prop­erty from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. once a week dur­ing the school year.

Vo­lun­teers also will be trained, DiMola and Stevens said, and can par­ti­cip­ate in activ­it­ies with the stu­dents.

All over the high school, Stevens noted, are signs that pro­claim Frank­ford as the home of sports cham­pi­ons. “We want it to be that way aca­dem­ic­ally, too,” he said.

Adults in­ter­ested in help­ing kids can call Steph­en (pro­nounced Stef-an) Stevens at 267-971-2540 or Kath­ryn DiMola at 856-816-5891. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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