Education coordinator for Office on Youth has passion for working with kids

josh muttersJoshua Mutters has a passion for helping children work through their tough times.

“I feel like there’s a great need for people to work with children on improving on their deficiencies. For a lot of children, we’re the only help they can get,” said Mutters, the educational support coordinator for the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth.

Mutters oversees two Office on Youth programs. The Pathway program provides high school students who have been suspended for 10 or more days or who have been expelled from school the opportunity to work in a classroom and be positively engaged during a portion of regular school hours.

“Pathway is a good way for students facing these situations to not fall behind,” Mutters said. “When a student is suspended or expelled and thus out of school for a long period of time, they can easily fall behind, and it can be hard for them to catch up. We bridge that gap. We’re here to make sure that they can focus on completing their schoolwork so that they can stay on path.”

The One Child at a Time program is a free tutoring service offered to students in grades 9-12. Tutoring is offered in the evenings Monday-Thursday with volunteers matched up with students in need of tutoring help.

The OCAT program is currently searching for additional volunteer tutor help, Mutters said, to be able to accommodate the demand from the local school systems for tutoring services.

Mutters is finishing up his first month on the staff at the Office on Youth.

“Everyone at the Office on Youth really works together,” he said. “It’s a great team atmosphere. There are many different programs, but it’s one, cohesive unit.”

– Story by Chris Graham

Let’s be the Influence campaign in Chamber newsletter

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce featured the Let’s be the Influence campaign in their Weekly Newsletter Tuesday.

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Let’s be the Influence campaign participating in National Night Out

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth will be promoting their Let’s be the Influence anti-underage drinking campaign in the National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Target parking lot on Town Center Drive in Waynesboro.

The Let’s be the Influence campaign is aimed at encouraging parents to talk to children and teens about the dangers of underage drinking. The GAPP Coalition is engaging the local community in a month-long campaign to highlight the influence that parents can have on youths to prevent underage drinking.

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The local National Night Out event is being organized by the Waynesboro Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Departent and Target.

The event runs from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine.

National Night Out highlights Law enforcement demos and exhibits, child fingerprinting, library exhitis, child safety seat checks, food for sale, fire and rescue exhibits, blood drive, K-9, pet adoptions, drug take back and more.

The local event also features a live performance of the National Anthem by the Faithful Men and a special appearance by AirCare 5.



News Virginian: Area campaign to prevent underage drinking launched

News Virginian reporter Bob Stuart writes about the regional campaign aimed at getting parents to discuss underage drinking with their teenage children.

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AFP: GAPP campaign aims to engage parents to prevent underage drinking reports on the Let’s be the Influence campaign launch held on July 31, 2015 at City Hall in Waynesboro.

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NBC29: Augusta Co. Working to Fight Underage Drinking

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NBC29 featured the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Let’s be the Influence launch on their newscast. NBC29’s Tara Todd filed this report on the underage drinking prevention campaign running in August in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.

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