State Mentoring Program To Present In Jamestown

A New York State Mentoring Program representative will be visiting the area Monday to discuss the New York State Mentoring Program.

The Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church said Melinda Sanderson, director of theNew York State Mentoring Program for Upstate will be presenting at three events Monday. Due to the Children of the Book summer reading program, Fodor was contacted about the program and the upcoming talks. A community stakeholders meeting at 10 a.m. held at St. Luke’s will kick off the day, followed by a presentation at the Robert H. Jackson Center to Rotary at noon. Finally, Chautauqua Striders will host a 5:30 p.m. event for the public.

Fodor said he would love to see the public get involved and attend the event at Chautauqua Striders.

“She’s coming to talk about how we can work together,” he said. “We (local organizations) don’t have to be in competition. We can all be at the table to better do our collective work.”

Fodor said St. Luke’s has been looking for ways to increase outreach to the youth. Involvement with the program seems to be a good way to do so, he said.

“We’ve been looking for a way to expand the year round connection with out students,” he said. “We need to cherish our children, and we need to do more. How do we better coordinate our efforts?”

The New York State Mentoring Program connects disadvantaged fourth, fifth and sixth graders with volunteers from a variety of areas and community businesses.

Sanderson is a native of Buffalo and has lived in a variety of cities throughout the U.S. She received her bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Denver and her masters degree in business administration from Canisius College.