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Program Celebrates Mentors, Students and Families

Stepping Stones hosts night of fun for Norwalk Mentoring Program

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 30, 2015 At 09:00 AM

In light of Connecticut Mentoring Month, over 200 children and teens from the Norwalk public school system can safely say they each have a positive role model to help guide them through challenges.  

The Norwalk Mentor Program celebrated mentors, mentees and families Thursday evening at Stepping Stones Museum for a night of food, fun and entertainment. 

"Tonight is a chance for them to get together outside of school and just have fun with each other," said Norwalk Mentor Program Director Nancy Pratt. "A lot of these kids that we have in our program have never been to Stepping Stones before."  

The Norwalk Mentor Program is part of the Human Services Council's and has been around since 1986. Currently it provides 220 students each with their own mentor. Norwalk Mentor Program Director Nancy Pratt says it's the fifth year they've hosted the event.  

"It's really nice for the mentors to get together with other mentors to see that there are other people that do the same things they do in the schools," said Pratt. 

"They spend an hour a week with their mentees and it's a great way to say thank you and encourage them to continue because we continue to need more mentors over time," said Anthony DiLauro, executive director of the Human Services Council. 

Mentors meet with their designated student once a week in school and those in the program say they're grateful for the relationships they have with their mentors.

"I can talk to him about anything," said one mentee.  

"What I like about him is he plays the same sports I used to play," said another. 

"It would be great to have 400 mentor/mentee matches," said DiLauro. "The town and our partners have done a great job. The superintendent's office as well as the mayor as far as the mentor/mentee challenge and our partners at United Way it terms of recruiting mentors." 

For more information on the Norwalk Mentor Program visit www.hscct.org. 

 


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