Mentoring program in South Bend

You can help make a difference in a child's life by becoming part of the "Dream Team."

The South Bend mentoring program kicked off its 13th year this morning with a breakfast at the Madison Center.

The goal is to help elementary students who are experiencing academic or social problems.

Volunteers say they can definitely see the difference between kids who have a mentor and those who do not.

Maria Rivera is a Dream Team mentor and she says, "It's just gratifying to know that you're making a difference in a child's life and helping her to get ahead. She had a very difficult situation and now, because I see her, just spend some time with her, be a buddy to her, she is bringing up her grades and being more focused."

Right now, about 300-adults make up the mentoring “Dream Team” but more are needed because being a mentor takes just one lunch hour a week.

If you would like to volunteer, call 283-8044.

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