SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Summer Bonanza, a youth mentoring program in Chatham County, is now underway.

Founded by retired Commissioner Dr. Priscilla Thomas, the program provides educational programs, fun activities and cultural enrichment for underprivileged children.

Summer Bonanza is available to Chatham County youth ages 7 to 14. Those ages 15 and older who have been in the program for at least two years can serve as junior volunteers.

The program will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday from June 4 to Aug. 6. Summer Bonanza will utilize a hybrid schedule for in-person and virtual activities.

To register, visit Paper applications may be faxed to 912-232-7388 or scanned and emailed to

There is a $10 fee per child and lunch is provided. Parents and guardians must attend the orientation with Parent University, a nonprofit aiming to bridge the gap between schools and the community through active parent involvement.

The 4th annual Mentor for a Day event will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 at the Bethesda Academy located at 9520 Ferguson Avenue.

Participants and their mentors will share quality time exchanging views on issues that impact today’s youth: school safety, the technology explosion, constitutional rights, career goals, becoming role models, along with a few games and outdoor activities.

The mentors and mentees will continue a dialogue while enjoying a catered box lunch.