A good caddy shares experience and knowledge about a golf course with the golfer, giving advice about the best club to use for a particular shot and providing guidance through the rough and around the sand and water traps.

Similarly, a good "CADY" adult mentor uses experience and knowledge to guide a child through the sometimes rough course of life. CADY (Caring Adults Developing Youth) is a new program run by the Clatsop County Juvenile Department with the Management and Training Corporation.

The program is now recruiting adults to volunteer to be mentors for children ages 10 through 17 who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school. The adult volunteers are screened, interviewed and trained before being matched with a youth with similar interests.

The adult mentor shares his or her life experiences, supports goals and encourages the child to reach his or her dreams and full potential. The mentor and youth meet once a week to establish a relationship that focuses on developing the youth's character, capabilities and potential through enjoyable activities.

Adults interested in becoming mentors are asked to fill out an application. Applicants must be at least 21, have no criminal record and agree to background checks of their driving record, criminal history, employment and personal references. They also must be able to commit one year to the program with at least eight hours per month and have at least one contact a week with the child.

For more information or for an application, call Tori Daggatt at 325-8601.


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