The first month of the new year is a time for keeping up with resolutions and possibly making a fresh start with new adventures such as helping someone young.
January is National Mentoring Month, which takes time to celebrate and recognize those who are helping youth. It’s also the time to understand the purpose of mentoring. President Barack Obama declared this month National Mentoring Month in knowing the impact an adult can have upon someone’s young life.
Mentor can be defined as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
According to the Building a Grad Nation Report 2014, student success not only depends on what is in the classroom but other skills such as self-awareness, conflict resolution and collaboration, which can be gained from positive role models.
A National Mentoring Partnership report further supports the above noted research in saying that:
Effective mentoring—sustained, high-quality relationships with youth—serves as an important, and perhaps even necessary, developmental asset in the lives of youth. Practitioners that are engaged in effective mentoring and providing youth with opportu- nities to build life skills and to undertake leadership of valued community activities can facilitate the development among young people of the several key indicators of positive youth development: the Five Cs of competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring and, as well, the “sixth C” of contribution to self and society. Within the context of the “Big 3” features of effective youth development programs, practitioners have available to them a rich array of actions they may take to foster positive development among adolescents.
Caring and consistent adults who are working to help improve the outcomes of youth can help make an even larger impact on the road to graduation.
Meet WHUT’s Local Partners
AALEAD’s mission is to support low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs.
The CBM CARES Mentoring Program is a national mentoring initiative of Concerned Black Men National Organization (CBM). The program is a uniquely designed mentoring initiative that combines a school-based, group mentoring process with a one-to-one mentoring experience to specifically support boys enrolled in middle school in targeted public and charter schools.
Everybody Wins! –
Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. The mission of EW!DC is to pair students with Reading Mentors to instill a love of reading and learning and foster a sense of self-esteem. The ideas behind our mission remain simple and straightforward, yet can bring about profound change in the lives of young students: expose children to literature, give them a positive role model, inspire them to read and you will make a difference in their lives.
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.