“We currently have more kids requesting mentor support than we have mentors,” ASCENT coordinator Monika Mala said. “This program can make a life-changing difference for our students at Hug. We just need more adults who are willing to make a difference.”
ASCENT matches college-eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors at Hug with community mentors who can donate an hour each month. The mentor is matched with a student who possesses similar interests and strengths. Hug staff help the mentor support and encourage students as they move toward high school graduation and a college education.
“This program is all about providing a community network of support to partner in ensuring that our kids have the same opportunity to get to college as any student in the district or the state,” said Hug Principal Andy Kelly. “College access should never be predicated by race or socioeconomic status.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can e-mail Mala at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s “match event” is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Hug High School.