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Posted on: January 25, 2024

City of Pueblo Celebrates National Mentoring Month

PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo joins many across the nation in the celebration of National Mentoring Month with the recognition and commitment of seven City employees participating in the United Way of Pueblo County Middle School Mentoring Program.

“The City of Pueblo is committed to the betterment of our citizens and recently expanded this commitment by partnering with the Middle School Mentoring Program with United Way,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “We understand how important mentorship is for young people and this is one way we can influence an improved future for students and the lives of our community members in Pueblo.”

In spring of 2023, the Mayor’s Office and Pueblo City Council agreed to a pilot program allowing up to 20 City of Pueblo employees to participate in the Middle School Mentoring Program. This allows for non-sworn personnel to commit to meeting with a middle school for an hour on a weekly basis and the ability to participate in the mentorship program. Five employees joined the program in the first year and seven have committed to the 2023-2024 academic year.

"Our Middle School Mentoring Program is extremely important to our community. Not only do our highly trained and qualified mentors make lifelong connections with their mentees, but they learn from their mentees and build strong relationships with their families and friends,” said United Way of Pueblo County Mentoring Program Coordinator Diego Rivera. “These relationships help our youth with support, growth, and resources at such a pivotal point in their lives.”

The Middle School Mentoring Program has existed since 2012, connecting positive and caring adults with middle schoolers in the Pueblo community. The City of Pueblo employees participating are seven of nearly 60 mentors participating in both Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 middle schools. Of the seven City employees, the individuals participating work in Pueblo Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Pueblo City Clerk’s Office, the Finance Department and other departments.

“Our mission at United Way of Pueblo County is to serve as a trusted community leader by leveraging resources in support of collaborative solutions,” said Rivera. “This program encompasses the essence of collaboration and how our working together creates life-changing solutions for our community. The Middle School Mentoring Program is not just changing the lives of our youth, but the lives of all that are involved.”

Mentors are at least 21 years of age, free of a criminal history or record, committed to weekly connections with a mentee and committed to a minimum of one school year. For more information about the United Way of Pueblo County Middle School Mentoring Program, visit www.pueblounitedway.org/mentor.

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