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September 21, 2012

Help Make a Difference and Volunteer As an After School Mentor
Park Place Regional Library

You can help change students' lives in your neighborhood by volunteering six hours of your time over four weeks as an after-school mentor. The "After School Zone with the Graduation Game Plan" Mentor Program is in need of volunteers at the Park Place Regional Library. The program depends on volunteers like you who can commit just 90 minutes a week for four consecutive Mondays during October 2012 to guide a small group of students through the basic steps of achieving a high school graduation and being prepared for college and/or career.

Applying for college and thinking about careers can be a very complicated process. This program helps organize resources for students and mentors to easily have conversations about how students can create and achieve their goals. From the experience in previous programs, many students who had no knowledge of important financial aid assistance programs like the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and did not know how to create a resume have experienced impressive growth as they were guided through the program. You can help make this same impact in your neighborhood.

The "After School Zone with the Graduation Game Plan" Mentor Program at Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place Boulevard, Houston 77017, meets from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Mondays October 1, October 8, October 15 and October 22.

Please sign up as a mentor now by visiting
  • Mentors will be provided with training and resource materials for their small group
  • Each student will create a personal plan that connects college and career resources to their goals after high school
  • Mentors will share their experiences to help guide students through the program
  • Mentors will help students identify a positive support network in their lives, while providing general support, motivation and encouragement

For more information contact Michael Webb, Office of Education Initiatives (OEI) at or 832.393.0856.

The "After School Zone with the Graduation Game Plan" Mentor Program is a partnership between the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and the Houston Public Library (HPL).

To learn more about DON, visit To learn more about OEI, visit To learn more about HPL, visit

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