Each January our nation celebrates National Mentoring Month. Kinship Partners uses this month in particular to focus on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us –individuals, businesses, local government, schools, faith communities, and non-profits – can join together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for youth.
There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects and ultimately strengthens our community.
Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and be more engaged in school.
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 40 kids on our waiting list who could benefit from having a Kinship Partner.
Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know that they matter. Mentors frequently report back that their relationships make them feel like someone who matters in another person’s life.
As we focus on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, we will share a simple message: “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters”.
Our community’s future rests on the hopes and dreams of our children and youth.