The GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program is celebrating National Mentoring Month during the month of January. The campaign is focused on increasing the number of quality mentoring opportunities in order to connect more young people with caring adults.
“Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people.” said James Rayford, the Director of the GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program.
Studies show mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behaviors. In turn, these young people are:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
Research also shows that 9 million young people in the United States will grow up without a mentor.
National Mentoring Month encourages unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, the GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program is encouraging the public to go beyond digital engagement – and become involved in making a real life impact. Mentoring relationships are at their 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. For more information visit GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program online.