Id like to offer my congratulations and praise to the Stanislaus County employee mentor program and to Stanislaus County assistant executive officer Keith Boggs, who leads it. The mentoring program recently reached its 15th year of helping kids succeed in school. Stanislaus County started the mentoring program when it became clear that a lot of middle and high school kids were struggling to keep up. Adult mentors, most of them Stanislaus County employees, help with classwork, motivation and keeping the students focused. More than 140 adults volunteer their time to be mentors.
In 15 years, the program has helped innumerable kids succeed instead of struggle. It is a great example of how prevention and early intervention can make a difference in peoples lives.
MATT CATE, Executive Director
California State Association of Counties