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Tahoe Youth & Family welcomes new staff

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Tahoe Youth & Family Services was recently joined by two new staff members. Cheri Roberts was selected as volunteer mentor coordinator for the Tahoe Mentor Program and Lisa Allen was chosen to fill the position of program counselor.

Roberts brings six years of experience in managing a volunteer tutor/mentor program as director of a foster grandparent program in Texas. The Tahoe Mentor Program seeks to match volunteer mentors with children having a parent in prison. According to national statistics there are more than 1.5 American children who have a parent or parents in prison. A U.S. Senate report indicates that with appropriate modeling from a responsible, caring adult, these children are four times less likely to one day become incarcerated themselves.

In the Lake Tahoe area, there are currently 21 volunteer mentors matched or waiting to be matched with one child each. The Tahoe Mentor Program mentors spend a minimum of one hour a week providing support, friendship and hope with children and families in their community. All mentors must pass fingerprint and background checks before being matched with a child.

Allen will be working closely with local youth and teens in the community. She has experience with children of all ages and has spent the past four years working in the education field.

Allen is looking forward to using her background and experience and working with local agencies in supporting the youth and families in the community. She has been a Tahoe resident for 12 years and lives with her husband and two dogs.

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