Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Volunteer to Help High School Students Plan Their Future

Have you ever wondered what impact you have made on one person’s life? Now you have an opportunity to directly impact the path a local student embarks upon following his or her high school graduation.

Bridges to College invites volunteers to work one-on-one with local high school juniors and seniors, as well as their parents, to help them shape their futures. Volunteers will assist students as they select a career, research colleges, apply for college admission and secure financial aid. You will work with up to six students per year between October and May, meeting with students and keeping records of your sessions. Volunteers who sign up to help for two years will enjoy working with some of the same students over both their junior and senior years. Training and a background check are provided, and volunteers should have basic computer and Internet browsing skills.

"The college admissions and financial aid process can be confusing, especially for students whose parents haven't gone to college," said Beth Sears, Executive Director of Bridges to College. "Our mentors take some of the mystery out of the college application process, and they provide additional support and guidance for the students."

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org. HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

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