Mentorship Across The Movement
January is National Mentoring Month. Visit your local Y to partner in this work and help youth reach their full potential.
Across the nation, YMCAs are nurturing this potential in nine million youth and teens each year. By helping all children gain a sense of accomplishment, build relationships and find their sense of belonging, Y staff are developing youth's innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent and healthy. This holistic approach includes the support of positive adult role models. Research indicates that mentors are a powerful influence in the lives of adolescent youth. Supportive relationships with non-parents end to be especially important for youth living in low income environments that present opportunities for high-risk behavior.
Mentor relationships help to strengthen families and communities, which is why there are currently more than 25,000 youth mentoring/role modeling programs active across the country. Locally, our YMCA Achievers program, gives teens ages 12-15 the opportunity to build achievement, belonging and relationships through sports, career development, college readiness, and teen camp. With the help from mentors like you, the YMCA Achievers programs has given more teens a safe place to learn, grow, and thrive.
To learn more about this program or how you can support youth development at the YMCA, contact your local Y staff or visit www.ymcadallas.org/youth_development
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