January is National Mentoring Month

fb_cover_photo_720x406_72_RGBJanuary is National Mentoring Month, and this year LSS is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults.

Last January, LSS welcomed a dozen new mentors. We hope recruit 31 new mentors this year – one each day during the month of January.

Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 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.
Yet, the same research shows that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. Today, in our community there is at least one student at each public school in Lincoln and Minnehaha county — in other words, at least one kid in every neighborhood — who could benefit from having a mentor.
National Mentoring Month is the time of year where engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor is highest. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in real life. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions.
LSS will host a Mentoring Try-It Session on January 23, 11:30-12:30 at Harvey Dunn Elementary. If you are thinking about becoming a mentor, please email us at Menotring@LssSD.org or call 221-2403 to register for this event today.
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find
volunteer opportunities, click here.
Post by Michelle Madsen

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