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HSC Continues to Celebrate Mentorship

Norwalk PAL Donates to Program

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 26, 2015 At 04:51 PM

Recent research by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership found that one in three young people across the country will grow up without a mentor. In Norwalk, the Norwalk Mentor Program serves over 200 students in grades K-12 in all 19 Norwalk Public Schools, and hopes to be able to mentor more.

Nancy Pratt, Director of the Norwalk Mentor Program said, "Consistently showing up for a young person whether it's helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out and talking makes a difference because it let's that young person know that they are important."

With National Mentoring Month coming to an end this Saturday, Monday morning City officials, many of whom serve as mentors, shared their experience in the program.

"I walk into the lunch room and I know all his friends now and they call me Tom and they make a point to say "He's the Police Chief but we can call him Tom" and I think it's great. I think it also helps that I am an officer and I go to the school in my uniform and it shows kids that he's just a guy like everyone else and I think that goes a long way," said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik, a first-time mentor. 

"I'm having a great time meeting with my mentee and we look forward to our 1 hour a week. Think about it. One hour a week to make a difference in the life of a child. That is not a tremendous investment but the rewards are tremendous," said Mayor Harry Rilling who is also a first-time mentor.

Norwalk's Police Activities League presented the program with a donation to help the program grow.

"The PAL Board unanimously decided to vote to donate $5,000 to the program this year and hopefully we can do that again because it's really an incredibly program. I didn't realize the value until I became a mentor myself and to see them impact on the youth you are involved with but also on his or her friends and the school you visit, is really incredible," said Chief Kulhawik.

The Norwalk Mentor Program will celebrate mentees and their mentors on Thursday, January 29th at Stepping Stones Museum starting at 5:30pm. To learn more about the program, visit www.hscct.org.


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