January is National Mentoring Month. All the volunteers and staff of the Families Plus program think that mentoring kids is just about the best thing you can do for them.
Children respond when adults show interest in them and invest regular time with them. The Families Plus program specializes in using families and couples to include a child in their ongoing activities and form a mentoring relationship with that one child. During January the board of directors of Families Plus is honoring the mentors, both current and those active during the last 10 years, who have helped a child to grow up healthy by investing your time in them. Letters of appreciation have gone out to these 99 individuals who have been screened, trained and matched with a Delta County youth by the Families Plus program.
The time spent with children is substantial. During the last year alone, Families Plus mentors have invested 5,968 documented hours with children valued at $133,862. Overall the 60 children currently participating in the Families Plus program are looking strong. By teacher report using a state-of-the-art behavior measure, 74% of the children have improved their mental health since entering the Families Plus program.