Kinship campaign seeks mentors
As National Mentoring
David Downing, Kinship Partners executive director in Brainerd, said 16 new applicants stepped forward so far.
Kinship reports there are 10 top reasons to mentor a child.
More people are making volunteering a priority. Research shows that
volunteering is the second highest priority to baby boomers — traveling
is first. Young people are also volunteering at record levels. There is
an increase in corporate volunteering — companies allowing time away to
pursue personal growth and service time. Why not turn that into timespent with a child?
9. Mentoring a child creates a positiveconnection with youth. It can give insight into one’s own childhood orchildren. Maybe it won’t help understand their music or choice ofclothing, but one might gain knowledge of Facebook and programming theiPhone.
8. Out of work? Exploring different careers? Mentoringa child allows the chance to see what it is like working with kids.Mentoring also looks swell on a resume or job application.
7.Mentoring is “paying it forward.” Did someone give you a hand when youneeded it as a kid? Research shows one in five kids have no caringadults outside family to help ensure healthy development.
6.Mentoring is all about sharing life experiences and skills with achild. Kids love learning. Introduce a child to snow shoeing, create anew recipe, build a bird house, and play a board game. Tell a childabout your own childhood and family. They will appreciate hearing thatyou walked two miles to school backwards and uphill. Oh yes, sharehumor.
5. Mentoring is healthy. Spending time with a child keepsone young and youth-centered. Studies show that mentors have improvedhealth and self-esteem and enhanced self-image. You will look marvelous.
4.Mentoring builds positive communities. A community that values itsyouths is good for all. Children with supportive mentoringrelationships are four times more ready to be healthy, productiveadults.
3. Mentoring a child has some of the benefits of being agrandparent. You can enjoy the experience for a couple hours a week —just listening, playing together, and hanging out — and still give themback, happy, tired and satisfied to their parent or guardian in the end.
2.You can be part of a life-changing experience for a child. True growthand learning happens best with close relationships. Research shows 46percent are less likely to start using illegal drugs; 52 percent areless likely to skip a day of school; 35 percent are less likely tobecome pregnant or cause a pregnancy; and 86 percent are more likely toattend college. These children also become more trusting of their ownparents and guardians.
And the number one reason to mentor achild, Kinship Partners states: “Mentoring offers a window of hope at atime when few such windows are open.”