The new school term is in full swing, providing numerous opportunities for us to impact the lives of local young people by serving as a positive influence.
Churches, civic organizations, alumni organizations, local businesses, nonprofits and individuals looking to make a difference are always needed and have the potential to make a lasting impact.
The reach and impact of mentoring goes beyond grades and performance in the classroom, particularly in instances where the child does not receive one-on-one time with any other adults, where it can also help to boost self-esteem and serve as an influence on positive behavior. Mentors are role models for the children they serve, or they can just be someone to talk to or a listening adult ear.
Teachers and mentors wear many hats in our society, serving in many forms as motivators — the guiding forces that spark dreams, tap into ambitions and afford us all the opportunity to watch the seed of learning grow.
Studies indicate that children who have mentors or strong positive relationships with at least one adult are more likely go to school more often, get higher grades and get along with others better. Yet, many children lack this type influence in their lives. The positive influence of an adult involved in a young person’s life can mean the difference in many instances between them growing a becoming a productive part of their community and becoming another unfortunate statistic.
Even if you don’t have a child in school, chances are you know one and can reach one simply by giving of your time and expressing an interest. Mentoring not only helps the child, the impact of the one-on-one relationship with an adult can also go a long way in changing the overall outlook on education and on the future, which can be seen in the classroom and beyond.
There is always a need. All we have to do is commit a bit of our time and honor that commitment to serve.