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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The Wood County Juvenile
Courts and Wood County Jobs and Family Services are teaming up to try to make a
difference for teens in foster care or with a history in the courts.
The new program will match
teens up with mentors based on compatibility, in the hopes of teaching some
fundamental life skills, as well as to have a little fun.
"They will be working on
doing such things as independent living skills, community service projects to
teach our youth to give back to the community, and also fun activities," said
Kelly Hickle-Lentz, of the Wood County Children's Services. "Doing things like
going to baseball games and bowling, and different things like that."
Hickle-Lentz said there is
always a need for foster kids to have more positive role models, and this
program is a great opportunity for Wood County employees to make a difference.
"One of the reasons we're
coming up with this program is to reach out to our surrounding areas and the
county employees to say, ‘Hey, why don't you step up to be that role model?'"
The program already has
county employees eager to get involved.
"In a matter of two days
of sending out our initial outreach, we had 11 different people contact us
saying they're interested," said Hickle-Lentz.
Mentors are asked to make
at least a 1-year commitment to volunteer, but the program coordinators expect
many will stay longer.