The Urban League of Rochester needs mentors

Without funding programs can be cut

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) - A community action organization needs your help. The Urban League of Rochester is running low on volunteers.

The organization is known for serving youth in underserved communities. Many of their programs are run by volunteers. 

The President of the Urban League of Rochester is challenging the community to help out. 

The Afterschool Academy is one program that depends on volunteers. It provides mentorship for kids in sixth through 12th grade.  Program Director Charisma Dupree says many of these programs are funded by the government and therefore must meet certain requirements. Now funding is in jeopardy. 

"Some of the programs that receive funding for mentoring may no longer exist because we can't hit that goals for mentors," Dupree says. 

Dupree tells News 8 over recent years the Urban League of Rochester has seen a drop in volunteers and kids are suffering. 

"Not having mentors for our programs will mean that our youth will be without an adult role model. That they can use to help them continue to grow both personally and professionally. "

To be a mentor you must take an online training course, undergo one-on-one mentoring with a mentee, and foster a relationship with the student and their parents. 

If you'd  like to volunteer, visit the Urban League of Rochester's website here.


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