January is National Mentoring Month. I have had the good fortune of being a mentor for the past 5 1/2 years. In the spring of 2006, I became a Big Buddy, and it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
The time that I spend with my now 13-year-old Little Buddy is some of my most fun and worthwhile hours. In any given month, we might see a movie, play Frisbee, bake and do homework.
We try new things and do things that already interest us. We talk, laugh and share a bit of life. There are kids in our valley who are waiting to be paired with a Big Buddy. If you have an inkling that you could be that influential person in their life, I urge you to follow through. It will be time well spent not only for the young person but for you, as well. Thank you.
The theme of this year’s National Mentoring Month is “Invest in the Future. Mentor a Child.” Research from the National Mentoring Month website shows “that quality mentoring can help young people stay in school and avoid substance use and delinquency … formal youth mentoring programs can promote positive outcomes, such as improved self-esteem, social skills and career development.” All it takes to achieve these very important outcomes is the gift of time and friendship with a child.
For more information on how to become a Big Buddy, lend your support and learn more about National Mentoring Month, please visit http://www.buddyprogram.org or call 970-920-2130.
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