Employees of Calaveras County Office of Education and residents of Forest Meadows this year donated more than 50 toys for the kids in the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.

The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program hosts an annual Holiday Party for mentees, mentors and their families. At the party, each child gets to take home a gift. Most of the toys this year were collected at a toy-drive for staff at CCOE.

“The delight and excitement on the kids’ faces is something you can’t forget,” said Mentoring Program Coordinator Katie Lackler. “Our annual Holiday Party is a great opportunity for mentees to meet other kids their own age and for families and mentors to get to know each other in a festive, inclusive environment.”

“The relationships in the Mentoring Program go beyond a mentor and a mentee. People who would have had no reason to know each other have now become friends,” said Lackler. “They become part of each other’s families and part of a wider community that cares and looks out for one another.”

The Calaveras County Office of Education provides administrative support for the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, and the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation raises funds for direct program expenses, such as staff time and supplies.

The Mentoring Program is actively recruiting volunteer mentors for local young people in all areas of Calaveras County. The program connects local youth with safe, positive mentors who offer friendship, opportunity and support for making healthy life decisions.

For more information about how to support the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, call Lackler at (209) 736-6078, or go online to CalaverasMentoring.org.