We all had someone who helped us as we were growing up. A teacher that made you realize it’s okay to like to read. A coach that made you feel good even when the team was blown away by the competition. A neighbor that always stopped to chat with you. We may not have realized it at the time, but these adults were mentoring us to be better people. They cared about you, even though you were just a kid.
Think about kids today. Do they have the same positive influences working in their lives as you had? For hundreds of students in the Sioux Empire, the answer is no, not really.
YOU can be the difference in the life of a child through LSS Mentoring Services. We match caring adults in the community with kids identified by school personnel as needing a little extra support. There is a waiting list of hundreds of kids who are waiting for someone like you.
So, why does it matter to be a mentor? Mentoring has been directly linked to improved grades, improved school attendance and decreased discipline issues. In an ongoing study that we are currently in year four of, the University of South Dakota Government Research Bureau found that students involved in LSS Mentoring Services showed:
- The average GPA for mentored students has gone from 2.3 to 2.77.
- Over 95% of students are highly satisfied and emotionally engaged in their mentoring relationship.
January is the perfect time to start mentoring. Not only is it the start of a new semester, it is National Mentoring Month! President Obama has issued a proclamation stressing the importance of mentoring youth.