Goodrich’s bill to create a senior-youth mentor pilot program heads to governor

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:30 am

STATEHOUSE (April 11, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) to create a pilot program for local senior citizens to mentor students is moving to the governor for consideration as a new law.

Under the bill, the Indiana Department of Education would select three school corporations to implement a pilot mentorship program to bring together students and volunteers aged 55 and older. Local school administrators would then determine the best methods to utilize program participants to meet the needs of their school.

“Senior citizens have a lot to offer troubled youth, and this program has the potential to change lives,” Goodrich said. “Many students do not have strong, positive adult role models in their lives outside of the classroom. I hope that these volunteers will be able to help students through their problems or help them find resources to overcome their struggles.”

Goodrich said the United Way of Central Indiana, Indiana Urban School Association and the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana all support this proposed pilot program. Former military and law enforcement members also see potential in the program to help serve their communities.

Adult volunteers would need to be approved through a criminal background check and a child protection index check to participate in the program.

One rural, suburban and urban school corporation would be selected to participate in the pilot program. Schools chosen would receive a grant to assist with the upfront expenses of implementation.

House Enrolled Act 1224 is now eligible for further action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29, which includes portions of Hamilton County

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