Volunteer now to mentor a Tennessee Promise student

Future Tennessee Promise students graduating from high school in 2016 need mentors, and now is the time to sign up to help those students meet their full potential.

More than 300 mentors are needed to fill gaps in Knox and Blount counties. Mentors will communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text to help them transition from high school to college. Mentors also will attend two meetings to interact with students face to face.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the life of a student,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State’s president. “Mentors will serve as encouragers and resources to primarily first-generation college students.”

Remember that even if you mentored in the past with Tennessee Promise, you won’t automatically be registered as a mentor this round, so be sure to sign up again. New mentors can complete an application at www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application.

All mentors — new and returning — need to be registered by Nov. 20, 2015. Mentors can choose their preferred high school on the registration form. New mentors must complete a one-hour training session and two additional one-hour meetings.