"Mentoring is an evidence-based strategy of targeted student intervention that serves as a protective factor against obstacles many students face. The presence of a caring adult in a student's life can have a marked effect on the student's ability to resist negative peer pressure, to achieve academically, to improve behavior, and to improve school attendance. "
The Hand in Hand Together Mentoring Program is an initiative of the United Way of Kershaw County. The goal is to pair students who need additional adult support with a community volunteer who has been screened and trained, and who has agreed to commit his or her time to a student. The mentoring will serve to remind these students that there are people who believe they can achieve their goals, regardless of their obstacles. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the United Way's Mentor program director Margaret Lawhorn at 803-432-0951.