Waco Chamber marks 10 years of mentoring success

The Greater Waco Chamber is celebrating 10 years of mentoring success by expanding its Leadership, Education & Development program during National Mentorship Month.

LEAD has maintained a 100 percent mentee high school graduation rate.   File photo

The Greater Waco Chamber is celebrating 10 years of mentoring success by expanding its Leadership, Education & Development (LEAD) program during National Mentorship Month.

LEAD is a mentorship program fostering the connection between area high school students and business mentors. Through these connections, high school students have the opportunity of learning more about various career paths while receiving motivation to pursue higher education.

"By improving the students’ knowledge and awareness of potential career paths, we hope they will be motivated to graduate high school and pursue some form of higher education, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life," LEAD founder Joe Nesbit said.

LEAD has maintained a 100 percent mentee high school graduation rate with all participants going on to pursue some form of higher education.

This year the program will include Waco High School, University High School, La Vega High School, Midway High School, Harmony Science Academy and Rapoport Academy.

With the programs expansion more mentors are needed.

"However, while we have many students looking for mentors, we do need more caring adults to get engaged and become mentors," Rachel Martinez, director of leadership development for the Greater Waco Chamber said.

For information on becoming a LEAD mentor, contact Rachel Martinez at rmartinez@wacochamber.com or 254-757-5633.

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