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United Way Holds Free Mentor Training in Sussex County


NEWTON, N.J. – United Way of Northern New Jersey is holding free mentor training classes in Sussex County for individuals interested in becoming a mentor. 

The program prepares local residents with the communication and problem-solving skills to serve as an effective mentor.  The four-part series consists of classes held on April 28, 30 and May 5, 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at United Way’s office in Newton, 2 Spring Street, Suite 1.  Individuals must attend all sessions in order to receive a completion certificate.

United Way is committed to growing the number of mentors in the northern New Jersey region, in conjunction with national efforts to boost the ranks of mentors. Mentors are proven to make a difference in helping individuals realize their potential, both personally and professionally.

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The mentor training program provided through United Way Mentor Center is widely considered a model for preparing individuals to be effective mentors. Area residents who have taken the class say the program enhances their interpersonal and communication skills. 

The training equips individuals with the fundamentals of mentoring and provides the basic skills needed to provide youth, professional, and financial mentoring. 

“Being a mentor and helping someone achieve his or her potential is one of the best ways to have a positive and lasting contribution in your community,” said Mary Emilius, chief professional officer at United Way of Northern New Jersey. “We all, at some point in our lives, can credit a mentor with helping us to achieve our potential. This class is an opportunity to learn how you can positively impact someone’s life by sharing your time and talents.”

To learn more about United Way Mentor Center visit

Pre-registration is required. To register for the mentor training classes beginning April 28, contact Melissa Cooper at or call973.993.1160, x112.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey

United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.579.3040 or visit

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