by Kassie Barker, Communications Coordinator
As we continue celebrating January as (U.S.) National Mentoring Month, let’s reflect on the importance and benefits mentoring offers for both the mentee and you.
Mentoring doesn’t require a lot of special skills. You just need the ability to listen and offer friendship and encouragement to a young person. And you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll get out of the experience too. Here are 10 reasons you should mentor a child:
- See the world through a child’s eyes. Children have some of the best and brightest ideas for changing their community and the world.
- Learn what the needs are in your community.
- Lead a better way for a child who may not have direction. Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).
- Support the education of our children. Mentors help keep students in school.
- Lift a child’s self-esteem.
- Strengthen a child’s communication skills.
- The chance to offer a child a unique experience.
- Help a young person set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
- Introduce a young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know about.
- A young person will have the comfort of knowing that there’s someone who cares about them.
For more information about mentoring and National Mentoring Month, visit www.mentoring.org.
Do you already mentor a child? What should be added to this list?