TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is promoting mentoring programs by allowing state employees to volunteer for them during their normal work hours.
Sebelius has issued an executive order allowing full-time employees to take up to 90 minutes out of their schedules each two-week period to mentor children.
It's the latest step Sebelius has taken to promote mentoring under an initiative she started in 2006. The initiative is led by former Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder.
The governor's office says other states have similar policies, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts and Oregon.
Snyder said one of the biggest challenges groups face is recruiting volunteers.
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