City of Longview Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program has made the most prominent changes in its impressive 24-year history serving youth in the Longview area. The organization has a new logo and has been meaningfully renamed as the Aspire Mentoring Program.
By definition, aspire means to seek ambitiously, to direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving or attaining a goal.
Mentoring Program Director, Lyndell McAllister stated, “Aspire Mentoring Program seemed like a perfect fit for our program as that is our primary goal. As mentors, we aim to help children see what is possible and encourage them to aspire for the future they want to create.”
For more than two decades Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program has been the umbrella for two groups, Forever Friends and Co-Pilots. They have worked in tandem, providing area girls and boys with encouragement through relationships with caring, adult mentors.
Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program started as a pilot project in 1996. Since that time, the program has grown and now provides mentors for children in the Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Hallsville, and Kilgore school districts. The Mentoring Program has received recognition over the years, including the Governor’s Volunteer Award, Texas Association of Partners in Education, and highlighted in the 100 Best Communities for Young People award to Longview in 2008 and 2011.
The program serves approximately 200 students per year. There are never enough mentors to provide compatible matches with the growing list of students wanting to have a mentoring relationship.
“There is always a need for more mentors,” said Kendrah Tennison, Mentor Engagement Coordinator. “We are always looking for people with interest in developing the potential of young people in our community. Children are our future leaders, and they need us now more than ever. Mentoring is a simple commitment that makes such an impact in the life of a child.”
For more information on becoming a mentor, contact Kendrah Tennison by calling 903-237-1019. Contact us now to sign-up for one of the upcoming New Mentor Orientations on Sept. 10, Oct. 7, or Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch is provided.