Friday, January 9, 2009

January - National Mentoring Month

Think about how you have grown from the mentoring (either casually or formerly, either one-on-one or in small groups) from other people.

Think of how the world would be different if every child had at least 3 caring adults in their lives - 3 mentors to guide them in the ways of life.

Research says "that programs that rely on volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence while greatly enhancing a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life."

Mentoring directly relates to the "Support" category of assets, but the influence of a mentor affects all seven other categories of assets.

National Mentoring month is a time to remember the importance of mentoring, and a call for
individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits to join together to assure brighter futures for our young people.

How are you impacting the lives of children this year? How could you challenge your peers to more intentionally impact children this year? What can you do this month to advocate for more mentoring?

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