NBC12 Viewpoint: Mentoring young people

By Kym Grinnage, NBC12 Regional Vice President and General Manager

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Often I meet young people who are just looking for guidance and someone to talk to. Many of them are looking for help with everyday problems. In many cases these young people just need a listening ear from someone who cares.

What these young people need is a mentor. A caring adult who can provide one on one interaction. Research shows that a child who has had a mentor is more likely to graduate from high school and go on to higher education.

In Central Virginia there are thousands of young people who seek a mentor but do not have one. There are several organizations like Virginia Mentoring Partnerships, Big Brother/ Big Sisters, and Concerned Black Men of Richmond who are in need of volunteers.

At some point in all of our lives we have had someone who was there for us. Someone who said, "you can do it," "let me show you how," "I believe in you." Mentoring requires a few hours of your time, but it lasts for a lifetime.

I am here today because I had a mentor in my life. For more information on being a mentor or on mentor programs go to www.VAMentoring.org.

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