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WKYC to put spotlight on need for mentors

College Now Greater Cleveland is seeking 1,000 mentors to pair with graduating high school seniors.

WKYC-TV will spotlight the need with the Mentor Monday recruiting blitz on Jan. 27. Channel 3 is hosting in partnership with College Now, CMSD and Say Yes to Education Cleveland.

College Now mentors guide graduates bound for college and postsecondary career training, including recipients of the Say Yes to Education scholarships given to graduates of CMSD and partnering charter high schools. (For more information, go to

Mentoring is a key component of the Say Yes Cleveland program, which began a year ago. College Now mentors frequently work with first-generation college students who need help with questions about higher education.

As part of Mentor Monday, WKYC will feature stories throughout the day on the success of the College Now mentoring program and participants. Viewers can sign up to be mentors. This is the second year for the event.

(College Now honors mentors at luncheon. Find story here.)

Mentors are required to have a college degree, pass a background check and complete brief training.

They also make a four-year commitment, but the time put in during that period is minimal. Mentors and mentees correspond several times a month online and meet in person several times a year. Some choose to communicate more often.

To apply to be a mentor, go to Apply by March 1 to be matched with a mentee this summer.

For more information on the mentoring program, contact Jabari Dorsey at or 216-635-0268.