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Poarch Band Hosts 2017 National Native American Mentoring Banquet

To honor mentors for National Mentoring Month in January, the Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, Alabama hosted a Mentor Banquet at the Wind Creek Casino. The National Native American Mentoring Program is a site-based program that takes place at the Club on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour, allowing mentor/mentee matches to participate in fun, engaging activities throughout the course of a year. Mentors that sign up consist of Club staff, Tribal staff, and members of the community. Several staff at the Club mentor through their well-known archery program, and others mentor through activities such as sports, music, games, and arts and crafts. These activities are often preformed in addition to regular conversations and check-ins with their mentees.

During the 2016 year, the Club had a total of 15 mentors serve, with two additional individuals who signed up after the first of the New Year. Though their numbers are constantly increasing, they also had 40 active mentees in 2016; an amazing number to say the least! Community/Mentor Coordinator Donna Koehrsen gave a speech about their mentor program, and then called up each mentor to present them with certificates of recognition for their dedication to the program. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephanie Agerton, who has been a part of the program since the Club first opened in 2011, was also recognized for her five years of dedication. Equipped with such a devoted, enthusiastic team, it’s no wonder they choose to honor and demonstrate their appreciation every year!

For more information, or to learn more about their program, be sure to check out the Poarch Creek March 2017 Newsletter!