NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - With the Dec. 3 deadline approaching, tnAchieves still needs 5,900 volunteer mentors across the state to support TN Promise applicants from the Class of 2022.
In Davidson County, an additional 312 mentors are needed to meet the goal of 623.
Other Middle Tennessee counties with remaining mentor need include:
- Cheatham County: 43 mentors still needed
- Dickson County: 59 mentors still needed
- Houston County: 9 mentors still needed
- Humphreys County: 19 mentors still needed
- Robertson County: 76 mentors still needed
- Rutherford County: 357 mentors still needed
- Stewart County: 12 mentors still needed
- Sumner County: 221 mentors still needed
- Trousdale County: 11 mentors still needed
- Williamson County: 332 mentors still needed
- Wilson County: 164 mentors still needed
TN Promise, in partnership with tnAchieves, allows every graduating high school senior the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition-free with mentor support.
Mentors spend one hour a month assisting students as they transition from high school to college. In 2022, mentors will have the choice to serve their students either virtually or in person depending on the mentor’s preference.
Many of the students that apply for the scholarship will be the first in their families to attend college. Mentors work with students to overcome barriers that previously prevented students from accessing higher education. In 2022, mentors will play a critical role in helping to reverse negative enrollment trends brought on by the pandemic.
“The Class of 2022 has faced countless obstacles and challenges in their pursuit of a high school diploma,” tnAchieves Director of Mentors Tyler Ford said in a news release. “tnAchieves mentors offer the personal support and encouragement many students need to ensure their transition to college is smooth as they begin their post-secondary career motivated and prepared to realize their full potential.”
“Ultimately there is no substitute for a committed, caring local support system,” tnAchieves Deputy Director of Partnerships and Government Relations Graham Thomas said in a news release. “Our mentors offer support to students who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn for guidance through the college-going process.”
Mentors will be provided with an online training and a handbook to help navigate the program. Volunteers will also receive weekly updates from tnAchieves and have access to staff for questions and concerns.
Potential mentors must be 21 years of age and are subject to a background check.