By Kathy Schwartzhoff | A friend can bring you through tough times in your life. They can also be there to celebrate the joy from progress you make toward a goal. Helping Services is creating and supporting these type of friendships between adults and youth in the area every day through their Mentoring Programs. Together they can go sledding, bake cookies, go to a movie, or create a meal together. It’s not complicated. The adult is a friend, not a counselor, not their parents, but another positive adult in their life. January is National Mentoring Month–a time to celebrate these great friendships whether they’re through formal mentoring programs, informal friendships with a youth on your block, or a friend to a co-worker’s son or daughter. For 13 years communities throughout the nation having taken time in January to thank those who are mentors and to ask others to step up. Many people can reminisce about someone or several people who helped them as a youngster. Take the time this January to thank those people who influenced you when you were younger. Maybe they taught you how to fly a kite, to work on cars, or how to hunt. Thank them for their time. Helping Services has children on their waiting list that have been waiting over a year for a mentor. Step up and be one of the adults who can make a friendship grow with a youth. The time commitment is minimal compared to the impact you have on the life of a youth. For more information on how you can become involved in Youth Mentoring at Helping Services, call Kathy or Marilyn at 563-387-1720. Click here to download the materials below to promote mentoring in your county at your church, business, or gym. Table TentNational-Mentoring-Month-table-tent Placemat (side two has games) National-Mentoring-Month-placemat   Flyer National-Mentoring-Month-flyer  

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