CLEVELAND — Saying yes to education is an expensive choice, and that is why WKYC Studios is teaming up with Say Yes Cleveland and College Now Greater Cleveland to present "Mentor Mondays," a month-long recruiting campaign that began on March 6. Throughout the month, our newscasts have highlighted mentor and mentee pairs and spotlighted the impact mentors make in their mentees' lives.
Say Yes Cleveland is an organization that helps make a college education more affordable by providing tuition scholarships to Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduates. Each Say Yes scholarship recipient is assigned a mentor to help guide them to graduation, provided by College Now Greater Cleveland.
"Pairing every Say Yes scholar with a local mentor is a critical component of our program," Say Yes Cleveland Director of Communications Jon Benedict says. "With so many of our scholars being the first in their families to attend college, having a mentor with postsecondary experience can be the added help needed to persist through their full college career."
This is the fifth year that WKYC Studios, Say Yes Cleveland, and College Now Greater Cleveland have collaborated to present the Mentor Mondays campaign. Over the years, more than 500 people have signed up to be mentors as a result of the campaign.
Volunteers interested in mentoring must hold a college degree and pass a background check. Mentors are also required to check in with their mentees twice per month on an online platform system and meet three times per year.
To learn more or to register to become a mentor, click here. The deadline to apply is April 1.