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Eighth grade service project: Keep today’s children from turning into tomorrow’s delinquents

First off, I want you to imagine a happy family – a dad, a mom, and a kid. They have been living a pretty normal life. But there are a lot of issues going on between the two parents and eventually get a divorce. That child is depressed because his family is breaking apart. There is statistically a higher chance that the child would turn to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and any other risky behaviors. His grades start failing because he is skipping school. The side effects will definitely effect him in the future.

But no parent wants to see their child do no good. This is where this child’s life story will completely change if Grand County starts up a mentoring program. This is just what we need, especially since the economy is low, and affecting everybody. The effects on children are devastating.

Studies show that children who don’t have a mentor have a higher chance of getting into drugs and alcohol, females have a higher chance of getting pregnant (one in every three females will get pregnant before the age of 20) and have a lower chance of graduating and going to college.

This year, East Grand Middle School’s eighth grade service project is focused around having a mentoring program in Grand County. If we have this mentoring program, we will help change children all over the county, and hope to make a difference for them. Whether the child has divorced parents, if the child has parents that just don’t care, or if the child has problems with any school, mentoring will help.

If we are able to get this up and running the way we are hoping for it to, we would need some people who would love to volunteer their time into helping children. It is understandable that your time is precious to you, but the future of today’s generation is priceless.

We are just beginning the process and working with county agencies. Stay tuned for more information.

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Kimber Swayzee

8th grader, EGMS

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