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B.L.A.Z.E. Mentoring Program Donates More Than 96 Hours to MNPS

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

The time equates to a $2,300 donation as calculated by MNPS

Breaking Limitations Accepting Zero Excuses (BLAZE) Mentoring Program spent nearly 100 hours during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year impacting the lives of Metro Nashville Public School High School Students.

BLAZE volunteers aim to reduce any limits that students have relating to their future and push students to be their best. BLAZE volunteers expose students to a variety of local career opportunities, guide students toward positive paths and build connections with students beyond the classroom.

BLAZE partnered with PENCIL and MNPS High School Academies to provide sessions in the core high schools.

PENCIL is an organization that links community resources to MNPS. The organization tracks the hours each PENCIL Partner donates and then calculates how much that volunteer time is worth in dollars and cents.

According to the latest calculation BLAZE mentors donated at least 96 hours in the first semester with a monetary value of at least $2,300.00.

“You cannot put a price on improving the lives of our community’s young people,” Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann said. “We are proud as a department to give back to the community and hopefully pave the way for successful future Nashville citizens.”

All of the NFD personnel who participate with the mentoring program do so on their off time.