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HHS Mentor Program Proving a Big Success

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19-Sept-14 (HHS) – Hoover High School’s Freshman Counselor Dr. Debbie Grant knows first-hand the caliber of people associated with the 117th Air Refueling Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard.  After all, her husband is part of this Birmingham-based team.  It was familiarity with the 117th’s character that led Dr. Grant to develop the Hoover High School/ 117th Air Refueling Wing Alabama Air National Guard Mentor Program.  Inaugurated for the 2013-14 school year, the program works with students who have been identified as high risk either academically or socially and may need assistance when adjusting to high school.

I developed the mentor program to give these students a “fresh” adult who can listen, reflect and offer them encouragement and support,” Dr. Grant said.  “Students sometimes just need an objective advocate who will offer them a new way of reflecting upon their school and home situation.

Mentors from the 117th including Chavette Hilliard, SSgt, AL ANG and Joseph Cook, MSgt USAF ANG 117 OSF/OSKT look forward to mentoring students.

"I believe the mentor program at Hoover High School as well as other schools around the area are vital to the success of our community.  Too often we as adults complain about what is going on with the generation coming through schools these days yet do nothing about it.  We all have stories to share, life experiences that have shaped our lives; it is our responsibility to pass these life lessons on to the next generation,” MSgt Cook said.

For SSgt Hilliard, a former mentee herself, the experience brings special meaning.

“After being a mentee and a mentor, I hope that the students gain more than a mentor but a true friend at the end (for some it may last a lifetime).  I have learned the approach and impact is different for each person involved yet the time spent is valuable. Time is something that you can never get back but it is never wasted because it is a learning opportunity. Use it to your advantage,” SSgt Hilliard said.

Dr. Grant realizes the need can be great at times, and as such, hopes to continue her mentor program.

This is our second year and it has already proven to be a big success! The kids look forward to school visits, emails, cards, etc. from their mentors. Parents of these students are thrilled to have another positive influence on their child’s life.

 

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