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Volunteers are needed to help motivate young students and encourage them to stay in school.

A Provo School District pilot program, beginning this fall, will enlist volunteers to help at-risk, sixth-grade students at Timpanogos Elementary School. Individuals will help youths set personal and academic goals, and volunteers will help them devise a plan to reach their goals.The program, called "Youth Motivators," will help students with homework or missed class work and encourage them to attend school regularly.

"A Youth Motivator is a big brother/-big sister, a role model and, most of all, a friend to a student," said Dee Dee Rose, Provo School District Foundation board member.

Rose said the Focus of the program is to provide extra attention to students who need one-on-one consideration.

"Volunteers will be paired with a student and will meet once a week for 20 to 40 minutes during the school day for at least 12 weeks. Visits can be made with students between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. or between 12:45 and 2 p.m.

Other volunteer opportunities throughout Utah County include:

- Share friendship with frail or homebound senior citizens. The Senior Companion Program needs volunteers 60 years old and older to commit to serving 20 hours each week visiting, providing transportation and providing limited assistance for elderly individuals.

- Rape Crisis Team volunteers. Work with victims of rape and their families. Individuals support victims throughout the entire process of reporting and recovering from rape.

- Visit children with disabilities in their homes. Easter Seals "Family Friends" program needs individuals, 55 years old or older to visit or assist disabled individuals. The Family Friends program provides friendship and companionship for individuals throughout Utah County.

- Volunteer in a crisis nursery. The Family Support and Treatment Center seeks caring individuals to interact with children who face domestic violence. Individuals can play games with children, read books to them and visit with them.

For more information on Youth Motivators, or any other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way of Utah County Volunteer Center at 374-8108, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.