Navigating the Winding Roads

Kids can sometimes use a hand in developing the kind of day-to-day skills needed to navigate their way through life. Mentoring can fill the void.

Omaha's Partnership 4 Kids helps youngsters work toward their goals with a unique approach in the form of group mentoring.

Christina Penka says while mentoring is traditionally thought of as one-to-one interaction, their model teams-up adult volunteers with groups of approximately four kids each.

She says, "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students not only to work with a positive adult role model but also to work with their peers in improving social skills."

Billy Walker has been mentoring for nearly two years. He says, "I really enjoy doing the mentoring and it really benefits me to know that I can make a difference in these students' lives."

He says the idea is to help kids live up to their dreams and realize their aspirations.

For more information about Partnership 4 Kids, visit their Web site.

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Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.