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Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 8:00 am

Socrates taught Plato. Yoda guided Luke. But for many of Arizona's foster care children and youth, there is no mentor they can turn to for advice.

That's where you come in. Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) is seeking adults to serve as mentors for children in foster care. AASK mentors are people foster kids can turn to for unconditional love and support. They teach foster children to trust others and to believe in themselves.

Each year, nearly 700 Arizona youth "age out of foster care" on their 18th birthday, according to a news release. Many have no home and no family, so AASK mentors help them prepare for their first job or complete their first college application.

Currently, AASK has a waiting list of 100 foster children wanting to be matched with a mentor. Many are boys and young men; however, mentors are needed for children of all ages throughout Maricopa County.

If you'd like to become a mentor, visit www.aask-az.org or call (602) 254-2275.

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