January Is Youth Mentoring Month - Join Us on 1/27 to Learn More

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Be Someone Who Matters - Mentor

This January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and the Friends Program seeks to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults.

“There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor in real life” said Youth Mentoring Director Terri Smith. “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for young people, and that ultimately strengthens our community.”

In a recent national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to enroll in college than those who didn't have a mentor. They were also:

• 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.

• 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

• More than twice as likely to hold a leadership position in a club or sports team.

This same report found that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

Today, in our community there are 70 kids awaiting a mentor. This could be you.

As we focus on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, we share a simple message: Mentor IN REAL LIFE. Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let kids know they matter. Mentors frequently report back that their relationships make them feel like somone is there to help them make the right choices in life. 

Join us on January 27 at 4:30 for an orientation to learn more about being a mentor. Call 228-0108.

Step up. Step in. Make a difference.

Mentor a child.