Many children in the community have barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential. They are often overlooked and fall victim to one of the many perils that are ever present in our society.
With the difficulty of neighborhood life and family support networks, at risk children frequently fall behind academically and socially, or become involved with crime, drugs, sex or violence. These children deserve the opportunity to succeed, and many of them will, with help from caring individuals like you.
Fill me with knowledge
of Thy glorious will;
All Thine own good pleasure
In Thy child forfill - Grimes
Young people who have a caring adult or mentor in their lives do better in school and are less likely to participate in risk taking behavior. Youth involved with similar programs have reported that mentoring has helped them stay away from alcohol and drugs, fights, peers who start trouble, and gangs and is reflected through improvements in school, both in the areas of academics and attendance.
Above all, mentoring gives young people a sense that there are people in the world, outside of those they normally see everyday, who care.
Small Time Commitment…Big Time Rewards!
Little chunks of time given through the course of a relationship can make a significant difference in the life of a child. Taking the time to talk, play games, share interests, and be willing to listen to a child leaves mentors feeling good about themselves and the contributions they make to their community. Mentors are special people who are willing to spend quality time with young people. They share life experiences, support goals, and encourage children to reach their dreams and their full potential. Mentors are committed to making a difference in a child’s life.
Who is a mentor?
Being a mentor requires no experience. You do not need any special skills to become a mentor. All it takes is the desire to help children reach their full potential.
Mentors are everyday people who:
- Like working with children and young adults
- Enjoy sharing ideas and talents with others
- Are flexible and good listeners
- Want to make a contribution to society
- Believe in youth and their potential
- Encourage young people to set and accomplish goals
- Are at least 18 years of age