January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize the worth of mentors and to give thanks for them. I appreciate each of the mentors who bless the lives of the 203 student mentees in our school system.
These adult volunteers go into our seven county schools for two hours each month to visit students who want extra adult support to help them meet personal and academic goals. These mentors are good role models and help students learn the values needed to make important life choices.
The greatest testimonies to the benefits of mentoring come from the participants. Our student mentees tell us that they learn what a true friend is and that they learn to feel good about themselves; they trust their mentors. Parents share that their children’s attitudes change for the better when they know others care for them too. While the students and parents profit from our program, the mentors believe they are the true beneficiaries. Mentors testify that they learn from their mentees and that mentoring is a very rewarding experience. Additionally, students in our program are showing improvement in academic performance, attitudes, and behaviors which all lead to graduation, our goal.
We all have mentors in our lives: people who encourage, support, care, listen, counsel. What greater honor could you show the mentors in your life than to pass their mentoring legacy on to others as you remember National Mentoring Month by becoming a mentor to one of the students on our long waiting list?
For more information about our program, please contact me at 706-338-3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You are needed to be one of our mentors of today who are molding citizens of tomorrow.