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Mentors still needed for tnAchieves students in West Tennessee

Mentors are still needed, including in Shelby County, and tnAchieves said applications will remain open through January.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATED: More tnAchieves mentors are needed to help students find success in college, so the organization is leaving applications open until January.

Shelby County still needs 180 mentors to sign up. Many other counties also still have slots open. You can check out the dashboard HERE to find out where.

In a release Wednesday, tnAchieves said it recruited more than 9,000 mentors for the Tennessee Promise Class of 2022, exceeding its goal for the eighth year in a row.

“On behalf of the tnAchieves board of directors and team, we want to express our sincere gratitude,” said tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro. “Thanks to the support of educators, civic clubs, businesses, elected officials and individuals across the state we have met our goal to ensure every student is supported and can now begin the important work to see them succeed in the college going process.”

“Mentors are an irreplaceable piece of the tnAchieves program,” said tnAchieves Director of Mentors Tyler Ford. “The personal support and encouragement that our mentors provide truly does make an impact. We are eager to get to work in establishing these connections and are tremendously grateful to everyone who supported mentor recruitment efforts this fall.”

As a mentor with tnAchieves, you can help students navigate the transition from high school to college. Many of the students are the first in their families to go to college, and the support helps them achieve their goals.

Mentoring with tnAchieves only requires a one hour per month commitment. In 2022, mentors can choose between mentoring virtually or in person.

“I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the transition from high school to college, but my mentor kept pushing me and was patient through the process,” said current tnAchieves mentor and former TN Promise student Kiami Coleman. “I knew I had to be like her and give back when I had the opportunity.”

You must be at least 21-years-old and are subject to a background check. There's a one-hour training session as well. Learn more and apply as a mentor HERE.