Happy National Mentoring Month – Get Involved!

IRL_MENTOR_FB_coverBThis January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month!

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 engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities.

For example, in a recent national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. They were also:

  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

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 300 kids who could benefit from having a mentor. LSS hopes to match an additional 45 students with a mentor this January. Please consider helping us meet this goal by applying yourself, talking about mentoring at your workplace, church or  encouraging a friend or family member to apply. If you are not ready to get involved yet or want more information, visit our Facebook page.

Below are a few activities that will take place this month:

  • January 8: LSS Mentor Night at the Sioux Falls Stampede! Purchase tickets for just $8 to support mentoring! Download this from to place your ticket order.
  • January 14: “I Am a Mentor Day,” when volunteers across our community and the country will share their stories about being a mentor on social media.
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, when our nation will shine a spotlight on volunteerism and inspire people seeking service opportunities to learn more about mentoring.
  • January 21: “Thank Your Mentor Day,” when we encourage anyone who has had a mentor to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media.
  • January 28: “Mentor Try-It Lunch,” at Lowell Elementary from 11:30-12:30, where community members who are interested in becoming a mentor meet with students who are waiting for one. Invite friends or family that are not yet mentoring to try it out! Participants need to RSVP by January 22.

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