August 28th, 2005

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Community for Youth mentoring

From 10 til 2 yesterday I attended an orientation class for mentoring for Community for Youth. I thought it was a training class, but it was more recruiting oriented. They say they've been coming up short in the last couple of years in the number of mentors, so they added the orientation to get more people in. Rather than start with training, they get people who are just interested into the orientation and feed those that come out of it interested into the training.

So essentially the progream is several initial events, the real training, a pre-launch, a weekend at a camp, and one or two other things. Then after that it's weekly time and whatever else you want to do with your kid. The program is all about goal setting. All the kids and all the mentors are supposed to set a goal for the school year. Something like a 4.0 G.P.A. or making the baseball team or getting a job. The mentors probably have goals a little less school oriented, or possibly college oriented. Getting into grad school, getting to a certain weight, getting a girlfriend. Yep, that last one was mentioned even. Erin mentioned to me that it might be a good place to meet women. She was right, and they even encourage it. Well, as long as it's not one of the students. Obviously, that's verboten. The other thing they emphasized is keeping your word 100% of the time. If you don't show up, the kid will not show up.

Anyway, I'm all signed up for the training. And I'll likely be mentoring a kid from Sealth.

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Older

George Bush is looking a lot older. I haven't paid too much attention to his appearance for a while. But he's aging. Figures he would. Two terms is a decent amount of time. Clinton aged a ton during his two terms, and I remember watching him on T.V. about midway through his second term and suddenly noticed his aging. And now I'm noticing Bush aging too. Neither of them look grandpa old yet. Kind of unusual that we've had two young presidents in a row. Back before that you have to go back to Kennedy and Roosevelt for youngish presidents. Though I suppose Bush isn't much younger than Carter was when he took office. He seemed younger then.