12-04 Youth Mentors

Jesus Villalobos and Kathy Miles build

“quiet critters” during Lake County Youth Mentor

Program’s monthly team mentoring event on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Lake County Youth Mentor Program (LCYMP) held its November team mentoring night at Memorial Hall in Lakeview on Thursday, Nov. 21 building items to be donated to elementary school classrooms across Lake County.

The monthly team mentor nights are an offering in Lakeview, Paisley and Christmas Valley, welcoming elementary students in grades 4-6 for an evening of fun, positive and educational activities with adult mentors. These can range from arts and crafts to games and trips supervised by LCYMP.

Thursday’s event included construction of “Quiet Critters,” fuzzy, googly-eyed craft projects created by youth and mentors together. Around 900 critters were made at the event, almost all of which will be donated to Lake County classrooms from kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as Union School and a special needs classroom.

The evening’s activities marked the final event including Kathy Miles, who has served as interim director of LCYMP after retiring from the position previously several years ago. Daphne Greer has replaced Miles in the LCYMP executive director role.

Lakeview Team Mentor nights are held on the third Thursday of each month at Memorial Hall under the Lake County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Paisley Team Mentoring is held at the Paisley Community Center on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. North Lake Team Mentoring takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at the Christmas Valley Community Center.

There is no cost for youth to participate in youth mentoring services. Volunteer adult mentors are still being sought, for team mentoring or individual pairing, with commitment of as little as one hour a month to make a positive difference in the life of a child. There is a particular need for male mentors at this time.

For more information about the Lake County Youth Mentor Program call 541-947-4880.

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