Apr 20, 2014
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The Richmond Police Athletic League (RPAL) hopes an award given to one of its volunteers this month will help encourage more locals to join the nonprofit’s incredibly effective youth mentorship program.

The RPAL program mentors young people between ages 11 and 15 who lack a positive adult presence in their lives and are at risk of failing academically and socially.

“These youths are eager to learn and want to share their life’s goals with someone who cares and who can guide them in the right direction,” according to RPAL.

The kids aren’t the only ones who learn during the program. Mentors receive support and training from the East Bay Mentorship Program and other mentors.

The work of RPAL’s mentors has not gone unnoticed.  Nicole Mims, a legal assistant at Chevron Richmond, was recognized by the city as “Volunteer of the Year” on April 10 for her service as a mentor.

To become a mentor, visit here or call Brenda McCuistion at (510) 621-1290. You’ll fill out an application, complete a screening and clearance process and attend a required training before you are interviewed and paired with a mentee.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.