Lexington's Police Activities League is in "desperate need" of volunteers for an upcoming child mentoring program, said Debora Lawson, mentoring coordinator for the Lexington police.
Lexington PAL was recently one of 125 chapters to receive a $25,000 National Pal Recovery Act Mentoring Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Lexington PAL is using those funds to create a program that matches children with positive adult mentors.
"Currently, we have more mentees than mentors," Lawson said.
Children have been referred to the program by churches, schools and community centers. The program is currently accepting child referrals as well, Lawson said, meaning the need for mentors could possibly still grow.
To volunteer, mentors need only to commit their time. The program has asked for adults to meet with children for at least an hour per week, plus time spent interviewing and training.
All adult volunteers must pass a background check, Lawson said.
To volunteer, call (859) 621-8064 or (859) 433-8440, or stop by the Lexington PAL headquarters at the Andrews Center at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Visit www.lexingtonpal.com.