Mentors needed

The Clay-Union Foundation is seeking a number of adult mentors to match with youth.

The program is seeking a female volunteer to match with a 13-year-old girl, and two males to match with a 13-year-old boy and 7-year-old boy in Elk Point. There also is a 12-year-old boy near Jefferson who would like to find a match.

Volunteers spend two hours/week with their match, and all volunteers are fully background checked and interviewed prior to a match. There are many benefits to being a mentor, and being in a mentoring program. Youth and adults are being sought throughout Clay and Union counties for the mentoring program.

The foundation is also seeking new board members to assist with the mentoring and scholarship program, and would like to add one educator from Elk Point-Jefferson High School, as well as one or two additional adults in Union County.

The program also hopes to add two to three USD student representatives this fall.

The capital campaign has begun, and donations large or small are always welcome. Proceeds help enhance the scholarship program for students from EP-J and Vermillion High School.

The foundation will present its second $500 community service scholarship to a deserving student in April.

For more information, contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, go to the Web site or e-mail

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