STATEHOUSE (April 11, 2019) – Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) 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.
“I am fortunate enough to have a close relationship with all four of my grandparents and know first-hand how valuable these kinds of role models can be in your life,” Manning said. “Senior citizens have so much to offer students in terms of life experience, and this program could really put that untapped resource to good use.”
Manning said the United Way of Central Indiana, Indiana Urban School Association and the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana all support this 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.
Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23,which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
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