Two local education advocates were announced in the inaugural class of tnAchieves Mentor Ambassadors.

Lenoir City Director of Schools Jeanne Barker and Veenita Bisaria will represent Loudon County and be two of 190 Mentor Ambassadors statewide.

“I have been pleased to be a tnAchieves mentor since the inception of the program,” Barker said in an email correspondence. “Being a mentor is a way that I can be a resource for students who are facing the unknowns of moving from graduation to the next step. Tennessee Achieves provides all of the information, direction and training that a mentor would need. They truly make this experience easy for anyone who has a few minutes to simply check-in on a small group of five or six students.”

According to a tnAchieves press release, Mentor Ambassadors are those who have “gone above and beyond to support their students and the tnAchieves organization since its inception in 2008.” Ambassadors offer local feedback and provide support in ensuring mentor needs are met.

“We can’t thank our mentor ambassadors enough,” Tyler Ford, tnAchieves director of mentors, said in a press release. “Their efforts to support mentoring locally represent a critical piece of our success in each county we serve. We are grateful to have their support and the support of all volunteers who serve as a tnAchieves mentor.”

Help is still needed as the Dec. 3 mentor recruitment deadline approaches. More than 4,700 mentors are needed in Tennessee. In Loudon County, 24 mentors are still needed.

Mentors serve as an additional layer of support for TN Promise students as they navigate the college process. They commit one hour per month to provide reminders ahead of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage each student to reach full potential. All mentors are provided training and a handbook.

For more information, visit www.tnachieves.org/mentors.