Mentors and mentees in the district’s HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Everyday) program got together Monday night to enjoy a holiday meal at The Venue in Cohoes.
HOPE pairs Cohoes middle and high school students with community members who volunteer their time to have a positive impact on the lives of their mentees.
“It’s awesome. The kids were so excited about it,” said Heather Bradt, HOPE site coordinator and CHS math teacher. “They helped plan everything, so they’ve been talking about this for weeks.”
According to Bradt, the program has been decidedly beneficial for many involved.
“We’ve seen grades improve. For some, attendance got better. There are so many benefits to these relationships,” she said.
A special thanks to the owners of The Venue, who hosted the potluck event at no charge.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, feel free to fill out an online application form.