The Pine Bluff Mayor’s Office and partners are developing a Citywide Mentorship Program to support boys and girls, ages 3-18.

The goal is to create supportive relationships that will help young people succeed. The effort will build on My Brother’s Keeper initiative, encouraging youth to reach their full potential, according to a news release.

The city will work with its existing mentors and new ones.

“We envision a city in which every child is connected to someone who truly loves and cares about them,” a spokesman said.

The program objectives are to collaborative a community approach and outreach to existing mentorship institutions and individuals; to provide an opportunity to train individual and group mentors who will serve youth; and to develop a standard approach to mentorship throughout the city.

Criminal Background Check

The city will also conduct background checks.

The last page of the application includes the Consent for Criminal Background Check that will be run through the city’s Human Resources Department. Once mentors are approved through that check, the city will run a Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check, according to the release.

City of Pine Bluff Mentorship Program Application

To become a registered mentor for the 2019-2020 school year, interested participants must submit an application online by Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mentor applications are available at .

Details: Ima Etim, or 870-209-0048.