SGA mentoring plan gives back

September 25, 2008

by Cassidy Carson

Student Government Associations from across Louisiana met this weekend to discuss new ways to revitalize a student-led mentoring program. The statewide initiative assists junior high-aged adolescents from rural areas by teaching them to build friendships and leadership skills.

Allison Reynolds, student body vice president and a senior political science major, said giving back to the community is an integral part of the mentoring program.

“_The people who started the mentoring program decided that what was wrong with our state was there’s a cycle of poverty, and the only way to break that cycle is through education,” Reynolds said.

Louisiana adopted the program and is attempting to implement it into other schools and universities across the state in order to collectively break the cycle of poverty, which afflicts much of Louisiana’s youth, Reynolds said.

“A lot of these students don’t have someone to talk to so we step in and try to be a helper and a cheerleader,” she said.
Reynolds also said student body president, Laura Hogan, jump-started the program at Tech and is the head of the initiative program committee.

“[Hogan] is giving until Oct. 23 for all presidents in the state to let her know how much they can allocate from their budget to start a mentoring program in their community and school.

“It’s an incredible chance for any Tech student to be able to invest in another person’s life,” Reynolds said. “It’s just a way for us to give back.”