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The SHIELD Mentor Program Announces its 10th Year Anniversary with the launch of the SHIELD Saturday



Precious McKoy, Founder/Executive Director


The SHIELD Mentor Program Announces its 10th Year Anniversary with the launch of the SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy in 2018

SHIELD Mentor Program will be recruiting 45 new youth participants to provide a structured 12-week leadership program in Greensboro, NC. The program runs from February 3 – April 28, 2018. This opportunity is open to 45 youth participants and preference will be given on a first-come, first-served basis during the selection process.

Greensboro, NC – December 3, 2018 – The SHIELD Mentor Program is excited to announce the SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy, a 12-week leadership building intensive program for Greensboro youth (grades 4-12). The program runs from February 3, 2018 to April 28, 2018 and is structured around weekly group mentoring sessions held on the campus of UNCG. Sessions will be held every Saturday from 1 PM – 3 PM. Space is limited to 45 youth and registration deadline is January 24, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are available online at

“We are excited about the opportunity for youth participants to increase self-awareness, refine dreams and goals, create a plan and work with mentors to guide them toward their vision of the future,” says Precious McKoy, Founder/Executive Director.

The SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy kicks off with an upcoming Open House session scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1:30 – 3 PM at the McGirt Horton Library. It is a great way for you and your child to find out all about the application process and the activities that we will do during the Saturday Leadership Academy!

“This initiative seeks to bring together a select group of elementary, middle and high school youth from Greensboro and surrounding communities, public and private schools, and many different personal backgrounds from a wide cross-section of ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds who will be mentored to develop themselves as leaders and contribute their ideas and efforts to address challenges that they face,” McKoy added.

“To date we have served over 500 young people since our inception in 2008 and we plan to continue to grow exponentially to cultivate more youth leaders in our community,” she said.

Together, youth and adult volunteers participate in interactive workshops, team building exercises, leadership development, and focus on a specific theme, such as goal setting, decision making, conflict resolution, effective communication and teamwork. The youth mentoring program is an opportunity for youth to develop a personal plan for success through fun, interactive learning sessions with peers.

About the SHIELD Mentor Program

The SHIELD Mentor Program, founded in January of 2008, is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that provides a full range of mentoring programs and services, providing the skills for success in leadership development. The structure of the mentoring programs creates an atmosphere that is designed to decrease the limitations in the lives of youth to help them become more likely to fulfill their highest potential. The mission of the SHIELD Mentor Program is to Strengthen, Help, Inspire and Encourage Leadership Development by delivering structured mentoring activities and programs for young people. Youth live in a world full of wonderful opportunities; the goal is to give them proper guidance to obtain them.

For more information, please visit the SHIELD website at


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