Volunteer mentors aspired to helping students

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006

The Aspirations Advocate Program just complete its 5th year in four high schools and middle schools on the Kenai Peninsula. Mentors with this program make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year. They are trained in the Eight Conditions that form the basis of the Aspirations program and work tirelessly to bring those conditions to life for their students. Special thanks go out to the following:

Nikiski Jr/Sr High School: Mentor and Site Coordinator: Pam Clark, Mentors: Bob Harrison, Judene VanCleave, Amanda Feagin.

Kenai Central High School: Mentors: Mike Tilly, Kelly George, Phil Reemtsma, Susan Semmens, Joyce Ross, Ryan Gluth, Site Coordinator: Jon Lillevik.

Kenai Middle School: Mentors: Ron Janiszewski, Jennifer Janiszewski, Jason Chavarria, Celeste Chavarria, Michelle Faumui, Susan Smalley, Site Coordinator: Mark Manuel.

Skyview High School: Mentors: Marlys Verba, Thelma Antila, Scott Earsley, Alex Zerbinos, Site Coordinator: Dave Carey

These Mentors are ordinary people who come from all walks of life, all economic and educational backgrounds and make an extraordinary difference in the lives of young people. These Mentors are heroes and I thank them for their compassion, concern, and commitment to making a difference for our youth.

In addition, special thanks go out to business owners and supervisors from Nikiski to Soldotna who provided work release time for their employees to participate as Aspirations Mentors. In honor of their generosity and dedicated efforts on behalf of our youth, I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following businesses and organizations:

Dunkin and Bush, Inc., Offshore Systems Kenai (OSK), Kenai Police Department, Kenai Fire Department, Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church, Kenai Church of God, Kalifonsky Christian Center, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Inlet Fish Producers, Inc.

These Kenai Peninsula businesses and organizations are partners in change. They are working with their employees to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. I thank them for their dedication to our youth and support of the Aspirations Advocate Program. The efforts of these organizations and the volunteer mentors provide students with an opportunity

to develop their own aspirations and are much appreciated.

Sheilah-Margaret Pothast, facilitator

Aspirations Advocate Program

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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