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Conn. Group Seeks Mentors For At-Risk Children

(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut organization says it’s trying to recruit more mentors for thousands of children.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership says about 190,000 at-risk children in Connecticut need a caring adult in their lives, and it wants to find scores of qualified mentors.

The organization’s effort comes as President Obama has proclaimed January “National Mentoring Month.” Gen. Colin Powell is the campaign’s spokesman.

Jill Spineti, president of the Connecticut group, says volunteer mentors spend an hour or two per week with a child to help guide them and be a positive influence.

People interested in learning more can call the Governor’s Prevention Partnership at 860-523-8042, ext. 18, or visit http://www.preventionworksct.org.

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