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V.I. Students Start Governor's Mentoring Program

Gov. John deJongh Jr. (center) with 2010 mentoring program participants.Ten St. Thomas and three St. Croix students began mentorship programs with the V.I. government this week, starting the second year for Gov. John deJongh Jr.’s mentorship program, according to a release from Government House.
The mentorship program was created to assist V.I. students in their academic and future careers. It seeks to provide guidance, inspiration, and training to students from a family-oriented perspective, pairing each mentee with a Government House staff mentor.
DeJongh himself hosted orientation meetings at Government House on St. Thomas and St. Croix this week.
“Throughout this five-month program, you will benefit from participating in a unique working environment that is designed specifically to help guide your next steps in your own personal, academic, and professional development," deJongh said to the students, according to a Government House statement. "I encourage you to embrace this tremendous opportunity and look forward to working with you,” he said.
The goal is to help the students build professionalism, while providing individualized encouragement and guidance. Students will participate in special activities and meetings with other departments and agencies of the V.I. government to provide a broad learning experience and build confidence. Youth were selected for the program through their school administrators, and applications were submitted to Government House for selection.
On St. Thomas, the follow students are participating: Lucas Berry (Antilles School), Noel Charles (Tutu Church of God Academy), Rocher Felix (Seventh Day Adventist School), Dolka Sido and Nicole Fis (Eudora Kean High School), Dijonnai Industrious and Janneicia Mulraine (Charlotte Amalie High School), Julio Rhymer (Montessori School), and Kyle Richardson and Leo Sibilly (All Saints School).
On St. Croix, student participants include: Hezron Henry (St. Croix Central High School), and Melanious Charles and Yaritza Ilarraza (St. Croix Educational Complex).

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