The LULAC National Educational Service Center in Oak Cliff is seeking mentors who can meet with a W.E. Greiner Middle School student once a week.

The center got a Department of Justice grant to support a mentoring program about nine months ago and now is seeking professional adults to participate.

Greiner educators select students who have problems with grades, trouble at home or socially or are otherwise "falling through the cracks," says Otis Gray, the center’s mentor recruitment coordinator.

Professionals who can spend about an hour a week meeting with a student at Greiner are encouraged to apply. 

"It’s someone they can talk to," Gray says. "It’s like a counselor, big brother, role model."

Applicants must submit to a background check and DISD volunteer orientation, which takes about an hour and a half. To apply, call 214.943.2528.