Mentoring program holds kick-off breakfast

As kids are heading back to school, so are some adults in the South Bend community.

The Dream Team mentoring program kicked off a new year with brunch at Coveliski Stadium to celebrate those who give back to children in the community.

Mentors from all over South Bend were there to share stories and welcome new mentors to the program.

Digger Phelps, who played a major role in starting the program almost 18 years ago, spoke to the crowd and shared his personal experiences on plans for kids in the future.

One chair from the advisory board also spoke and expressed how important it is to continue adult participation.

"We're finding that it really is making a difference,” said Gina Gina Shropshire, chair of the SBCSC Mentor Advisory Board. “I mean there is national research that says mentoring really does make a difference with the student, it helps with their own success. And we just feel as a part of the South Bend community, this is our contribution to helping make this a better place."

There is a training session Thursday night for mentors, but residents can still get involved in helping a child succeed. It only takes an hour a week to make a lifelong difference.

Just click on the Big Red Bar on the WDNU home page for more info on how to apply.


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