we have been mentoring elementary-school children to foster their dreams. Now serving from 18 locations in 10 counties across middle and north Georgia.
Our director, Deacon Lesley Ann Drake, began working full-time with Path To Shine in January 2011. Ordained a permanent deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2011, Lesley-Ann is currently assigned to St. Patrick's in Dunwoody. MORE >
PTS-Perry, sponsored by St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Perry, has a new lease on life. Enrollment declined for the past several years and the program struggled to connect with children and parents who might benefit from PTS’s mentoring relationship. Transportation was also an issue, as the program did not provided transportation and working parents had challenges arranging to get their children to the church on Monday afternoons.
A new relationship with the Perry Housing Authority reinvigorated the program. The housing authority operates its own weekly after-school program for children in its Perimeter Circle housing complex. They were thrilled at the opportunity to extend their families the chance for more tutoring and mentoring on Tuesdays. PTS-Perry’s eight Ministers of Hope and St. Christopher’s rector, Rev. Shirley Porter, eagerly agreed to move their program to Tuesdays in order to take PTS to the children of Perimeter Circle. PTS-Perry went from three registered children to 15 after making the 1.5 mile move from the church’s fellowship hall to the housing complex meeting room. Affiliate director Christine Hoskins commented, “Our Ministers of Hope were determined not to let our program die, and they did not give up until we found a community of children in Perry who need what Path to Shine has to offer.”
Field trips are an important part of Path To Shine® because they expand upon our curriculum. When our children are immersed in activities that increase their knowledge and expand their world views, they win.
February is a special month for Path To Shine®. By kicking off our annual fundraising campaign, Share the Love 2020, we aim to ensure that our children have access to things that can change their lives like, books, gift books, puzzles, art supplies, and more. Be sure to follow us on social media during the month of February. We will share what we can do with your generosity. READ MORE...
Having a committed Mentor can be a game changer for elementary school children.Did you know children with Mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer on a regular basis, and 130% more likely to take on leadership roles? The National Mentoring Partnership suggest committed Mentors guarantee that children have someone who cares about them.
We are always looking for new Mentors at Path To Shine®. To learn more, visit our training page or simply click here.