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BATON ROUGE- The Volunteers in Public Schools organizations, better known as "VIPS," is kicking off another round of mentorship for students in middle school.

The "Voyage II" program will pair up mentors with middle schoolers to provide a lasting relationship through the rest of their educational career.

"What mentorship provides is structure, some wisdom, some experience to council young people and to show them there's a model, there's a pathway to follow and they're not going to be alone the entire time," said Dr. William Broussard, the Athletic Director at Southern University who said he was also a product of mentorship.

Several mentors, returning to take on the job with new students, know how easy it can be to make an actual difference for a student.

"It doesn't take a whole lot of time to improve somebody's future," said Jarrod Hegwood, who mentored Scotlandville standout Kimani Smith as he took on the ACT. "You know that connection was so great for him, after he got his second set of scores back, the same week he got a scholarship offer from Mississippi college."

Now the program is looking for more volunteers to take on the role of a mentor. If you'd like to help visit their website.


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