Here’s how you can celebrate National Mentoring Month

A girl and her mentor make crafts.
A girl and her mentor make crafts.(Mentor Virginia)
Published: Jan. 10, 2021 at 3:09 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - For nonprofit Mentor Virginia, January is a time to focus on the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it has on young people. To celebrate, the organization is hosting a month full of trainings, experiences and conversations.

During this time of year, engagement from community members interested in mentoring is at its peak. Although the pandemic has caused challenges, many were able to switch to a virtual format. Mentor Virginia says those relationships are best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real-life decisions.

This month’s activities include two free virtual trainings on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19. There’s also a community coffee hour and Capitol Hill Day. To register and learn more about these events, visit this link.

“National Mentoring Month is a time to focus on the importance of mentors and mentees, and to reflect on how we can all help expand the mentoring movement and the positive effects it has on young people,” said Jennifer Boyle, executive director of Mentor Virginia.

Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior. These young people are:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
  • 81% more likely to report participating in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer in their communities.
  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Similar research shows that one in three young people in the US will grow up without a mentor.

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