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Consider becoming a mentor during National Mentoring Month

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January is National Mentoring Month and it's a time to thank your mentor and consider becoming a mentor for someone else. A mentor is that person who listened to what you had to say. A mentor might have taken you fishing or taught you how to bake. Your mentor helped you make good decisions, even if it was partly because you didn't want to disappoint them. Your mentor was always someone you wanted to be around because they made life more fun, full of unforgettable moments. Your success today, to some degree, is from wanting to be like your mentor.

But perhaps you can't recall that person in your life. Today's statistics indicate one in three kids will grow up without a mentor. Most kids have adults in their life telling them what to do, but a mentor listens and supports. They demonstrate what to do and what not to do. Mentors are foremost friends, but also advocates, tutors and role models.

According to The National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk youth with a mentor are: 52 percent less likely to skip school, 46 percent less likely to start using drugs, 81 percent more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, 55 percent more likely to go to college, and 78 percent more likely to volunteer in their community.

The success of many people can be contributed to having a positive adult role model. The personal impacts of mentoring are reflected in the health of a community. Delta County has safer, healthier and stronger communities because of Partners' 30-year history of providing programming.

This month, thank the person who empowered you to make good decisions. Reflect on how they earned your respect, attention and following. Mentors play significant roles in many lives and they should be celebrated.

January is also a time to consider becoming a mentor. Kids today have plenty of people telling them what to do, but many don't have someone to show them what to do or how to do it. Delta has so many great assets in and around which makes it a wonderful place to be a mentor. And sharing experiences with a local youth can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor and making an impression in the youth of today call Partners Mentoring - 874-4661.

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