School is back in session and for many children in the tri-states they don't have enough strong role models who encourage them to succeed.
That's why Quincy Public School officials hope to provide students with positive influences through their mentoring program.
The mentor program matches adult volunteers to work one-on-one with QPS students for a half hour each week at school.
Orientation and training kicked off Thursday at the board office for 185 new and veteran mentors.
Officials say the mentors provide guidance in school work and personal growth.
Volunteers say their hope is to watch how their students grow throughout the program.
"I would like to see them improve in their academic work and also be happy and healthy. Be at school. Enjoy being at school," said Mae Black who is a QPS mentor.
If you would like to be a mentor you are encouraged to contact the Quincy School Board Office.
Or, if you would like a mentor for your child you should contact their school.
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