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Looking for mentors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Over 500 children in Dubuque County are in need of a mentor, according to the Dubuque Mentoring Partnership. 

Mentors provide children ages 5-17 with support along with parents and volunteer in a variety of ways.  DMP's goal is to link all at-risk children in Dubuque County with an adult mentor.

On Martin Luther King Junior Day, the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque hosted an open house with the Dubuque Mentoring Partnership to get adults signed up to be mentors to area kids.

"I think it's very important to have somebody to look up to, somebody you can go to ask questions and kind of not have any pressure," AmeriCorps mentor Ashley Fitzpatrick said.

"I'm a tutor as well, so I help with their homework and then usually we just get to talking about their day and stuff that's going on in their life. You know, they can kind of vent to me about a teacher or homework or anything that's going on." Fitzpatrick said.

For kids who have mentors, getting to spend time with role models is fun.

"[My mentor], she comes to my school. We play games and sometimes we go out to eat and then out of school we go somewhere and have hot chocolate," Deontiz Fountain said.

Fountain says hanging out with her mentor is also helpful. She says one of her favorite things is just getting to talk about her feelings.

"She got me this book called Rubber Ball and you can do your future in there. So, I like doing it with her and talking together because he's a lawyer and that's what I want to be when I grow up."

"It's so rewarding. You get such a good benefit just the way the kids make you feel when you see their faces light up and you know you've helped them. Just a little part of your day. It's all it takes," Fitzpatrick said.

Adults interested in mentoring are invited, and AmeriCorps volunteers will provide activities for children during the open house.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey



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