A half an hour a week can make a profound difference in the life of a child! Mentors model enthusiasm for learning, strength during trying situations, empathy for others, encouragement to stay motivated when things are tough, and the understanding that perceived failures are actually opportunities for growth. Pinellas County provides mentor workshops to provide information on PCS mentoring policies and procedures, effective listening skills, goal setting, communication skills and relationship building (Mentor Strategies Workshops http:/ /www.pcsb.org/Page/461). Contact Jeanne Joyner at 588-4730 ext. 2014 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved in this rewarding program.