Pine Bluff CARES to conduct mentor training

Pine Bluff CARES, an affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, will conduct mentor training 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration conference room, 2315 S. Olive Street.

Mentors will receive training to implement the PEN OR PENCIL: Writing A New History curriculum at Robert F. Morehead, Southeast and Belair middle schools, Jack Roby Junior High and Pine Bluff High School. Trained mentors can be deployed with other youth-serving organizations in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.

“Pine Bluff CARES seeks to bring targeted mentor recruitment with a national pool of highly qualified research professionals and sustained practice together at the local level,” said the Rev. Jesse C. Turner, affilate leader. “Arkansas’ lead PEN OR PENCIL affiliate, along with national partners, share a commitment to think strategically about the manner in which mentoring is offered and to work diligently to ensure mentoring is sustained, culturally appropriate, ethnically empowering and of sound quality.”

Pne Bluff CARES mentors completing six hours of training will be eligible to receive a certification of completion from Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts — Loyola Marymount University.

Mentoring applications will be available at the training for those who want to become mentors. Details: