Governor Kathleen Sebelius Monday signed an executive order allowing State of Kansas employees to positively impact children’s lives through the Kansas Mentors program.
“Since creating Kansas Mentors with Coach Snyder over two years ago, employees have expressed a significant interest in helping with the program,” Sebelius said. “This creates an opportunity for employees to volunteer as a mentor and make a difference in the lives of children.”
“Those of us with Kansas Mentors are truly grateful for Governor Sebelius’ loyal and caring support,” said Kansas Mentors’ Chair, Coach Bill Snyder. “This will enhance the number of mentors and volunteers throughout our state.”
“One of the challenges that our state’s mentoring organizations face is the recruitment of caring, quality mentors,” continued Snyder. “By allowing state employees the opportunity to receive time away from work to mentor, we are providing these organizations with an invaluable resource to better serve our youth.”
Executive Order 08-10 will allow full-time employees in the Executive Branch of the State of Kansas to spend up to 90 minutes of regularly scheduled work time per two-week pay period mentoring with any program which is part of Kansas Mentors’ gold star program.
Kansas joins a growing list of states that have implemented policies in which employees are granted the opportunity to mentor during regularly scheduled work time; including: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts and Oregon.
Coach Snyder will be presenting more information about this program on August 20th in Topeka. Presentations will be held at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the auditoriums of Eisenhower and Memorial Hall State Buildings, respectively.
To learn more about Kansas Mentors please visit www.kansasmentors.org
Executive orders can be viewed online at the governor’s website, www.governor.ks.gov.