Login NowClose 
Sign In to ftimes.com           
Forgot Password
Close

COACH Kids receives Duke Energy grant for Local Heroes

FT STAFF REPORT - news@ftimes.com

COACH Kids of Clinton County has received a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the agency’s Local Heroes school-based mentoring program in all four of the Clinton County public school systems. Local Heroes provides an opportunity for both adults and high school students to mentor at-risk elementary school students on site.

Local Heroes serves over 130 elementary students all over Clinton County. Mentors meet with their student for at least 30 minutes a week throughout the school year, usually during lunch or another appropriated time to play board games, talk, and grow a safe and compassionate relationship.

Research has shown that school-based youth mentoring helps improve student’s classroom behavior, builds self-esteem and self-control. Meeting with a mentor encourages school attendance in a group of students that might otherwise struggle with everyday attendance, according to a statement from COACH Kids.

Grant funding assists in recruiting and training mentors, gathering resources for successful relationships and active supervision of high school and adult mentors, and for conducting background checks and online safety training.

COACH Kids is made possible by United Way for Clinton County, as well as other corporate partners, churches, civic organizations and many dedicated individuals who give of their resources and their time, according to the release.

“COACH Kids cannot thank Duke Energy enough for their desire to inspire and lift up the youth of Clinton County through youth mentoring. It takes everyone lending a hand, a heart and resources to make a difference in the lives of our children,” said Susan Grasham, COACH Kids executive director, in the release.

Mentor training

COACH Kids will hold a Mentor Orientation and Training session Saturday at 10 a.m. at their office at 554 W. Walnut St., Frankfort.

The program is a no-pressure opportunity for you to find out how you can make a positive difference in a local child’s life. Your commitment can be as little as 30 minutes per week with a child at their school or four hours a month in the community.

Snacks will be provided. RSVP by calling COACH Kids at 765-654-8812. For more information, visit COACHKids.org.