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BRIDGES mentoring program seeks volunteers

More than 20 students remain on waiting list

September 22, 2008
By JESSE HELLING Messenger staff writer

A long-running program that pairs students with adult mentors is once again seeking volunteers from the community.

The BRIDGES mentoring program serves 100 Fort Dodge children in grades kindergarten through 12.

Through the program, mentors work one-on one with a student, often following a particular child for years.

At present, there are 25 kids on the waiting list for mentors, said BRIDGES coordinator Corey Moody.

Mentors come from throughout the community and have a variety of interests and backgrounds, Moody said.

Students are paired with a mentor based on their needs and interests, he said.

''We gain and lose people over the years,'' Moody said. ''It's a constant battle to recruit volunteers.''

The time commitment of being a mentor is small compared to the level of positive impact a mentor can have on their student's life, Moody said.

Mentors generally spend an hour a week with their students working on homework, playing games or even just talking about what's going on in the student's life, Moody said.

"We're trying to add positive people to young people's lives," Moody said. "We try to make a difference one student and one mentor at a time."

For more information about the BRIDGES program and how to volunteer, call Moody at (515) 574-5469.

Contact Jesse Helling at (515) 573-2141 or



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