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Friday, July 26, 2002

Female Mentors Needed for Adolescents

"The future is in the hands of our youth," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson, "but it is important that they have the support of trustworthy adults to provide guidance in making difficult decisions." Levinson made the statement as he announced that Atlantic County is seeking additional adult female mentors for its Healthy Youth Development Program.

Now in its fifth year, the program strives to strengthen individuals and families by enriching the lives of women and adolescent girls. The program addresses issues such as self-esteem, adolescent health, setting goals and priorities in addition to providing field trips and arts and crafts activities in a group setting.

Mentors must be 18 years or older and have completed high school or possess a GED. They must make a commitment of one hour per week for one school year. Six hours of training will be provided for each participant.

The mentoring program is supported by the Atlantic County Family Centers in Egg Harbor Township and Pleasantville, the Atlantic City Police Athletic League and the Fanny D. Rittenberg School in Egg Harbor City.

For more information, please contact Ann Edmonds, Program Director, at ext. 4332 or Nina Philips, Program Coordinator, at (609) 645-7700, ext. 4524.

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