Vigo Co. mentor program receives donation to help at-risk youth

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The Hamilton Center Foundation made a donation this Monday to help at-risk youth.

The organization distributed a $25,000 grant to Hamilton Center’s new mentorship program in Vigo County.

The program matches kids at Woodrow Wilson and Sarah Scott middle schools with adults. Those adults work to help the children to develop positive relationships and behavior at both school and at home.

There is also an academic component.Tutors meet with children several times a week to help them with their studies.

The program seeks to build confidence among the students.

“There’s a lot of ways to build these kids confidence up without tearing them down, but they do have to understand that their behavior is bad. It’s inappropriate and not right,” Tatu Brown, outreach services manager said. “So it’s easier to have confidence if you understand the math material. If you don’t understand the material, it’s almost impossible to be confident with this math material.”

The program began in 2018 and currently serves 47 children.

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