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The city’s Board of Commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding to establish a first responder mentorship program.

The mentorship program’s agreement is between the city of Griffin, the Griffin-Spalding County School System and the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children.

“The city believes mentoring contributes to on-time high school graduation and better preparation for college and career and leads to a healthier, thriving community,” the agreement reads.

According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton, the program will begin at the middle school level, with the pilot program focusing on Kennedy Road Middle School. Other schools will be added depending on the availability of first responders.

While the city will be responsible for recruiting public safety mentors, the school system and the collaborative will be responsible for choosing students who will be a good fit for responders, Hamilton told commissioners at their April 13 meeting.

“I think it’s a great program,” city Commissioner Cora Flowers said April 13. “I just know how important minority representation is for kids to understand that these are opportunities they can have for themselves in the future.”

The program, which also includes the Spalding County Fire Department, is set to begin May 1 and end June 30, 2022. The memorandum of understanding may be renewed for four successive one-year terms.