TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration is working on developing a new program to provide volunteer mentors to poor Kansas residents receiving social services from the state.
Brownback said Thursday that the discussions he’s having with Department for Children and Families officials are inspired by successes seen with programs that provide mentors for adult prison inmates and juvenile offenders.
The Republican governor had a Statehouse news conference to promote the mentoring programs and urge more Kansans to volunteer.
His news conference was the last of four events across the state this week with retiring Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts to promote programs aimed at helping ex-offenders succeed after they’re released from custody.
Brownback said he has no timetable for unveiling details of a new mentoring program for the poor.