Was there an adult in your life who took an interest in your life and future? Now you can help a child by volunteering as a mentor.

The Clatsop County Juvenile Department and the Management and Training Corporation are recruiting volunteers to attend a Caring Adults Developing Youth, or CADY, mentor training class this month.

Adults are matched with children ages 10 through 17 who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school. Volunteers commit to spend a few hours each month with a child for one year. Volunteers need to be 21 or older, have no criminal record, agree to a background check of their driving, criminal and employment histories and personal references, and complete training. Application forms are available from the Clatsop County Juvenile Department or online at www.co.clatsop.or.us.

The fall training will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clatsop County Courthouse Nehalem conference room, 749 Commercial St., Astoria. The training is open to mentors or anyone interested in becoming a mentor.

The class will cover basic skills of mentoring youth, effective communication and stages of the mentoring relationship. The class, sponsored by the CADY Mentoring Program and Oregon Mentors, is free to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Reserve a seat by Monday by calling CADY Mentor coordinator Tori Daggatt at 325-8601.

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