Nine million kids in America say that they are growing up without adults to whom they can turn to for help or support. You can be a trusted role model to one of those kids by becoming a mentor through Helping Services for Youth & Families.
To help you understand what being a mentor looks like, Youth Mentoring is hosting a Mentoring Mingle on Thursday, April 27 at Mulligan’s Irish Grill & Pub. This is an opportunity for you to talk with current mentors and hear stories about how these supportive friendships have impacted the lives of local kids.
A Casual, No-Commitment Evening
The Mentoring Mingle will be an informal opportunity for you to hear about the big need for mentors, to explore the benefits of being a mentor, and to understand how you can get involved as an individual, couple, or family in short- or long-term mentoring experiences.
“There won’t be a presentation to sit through, nor do you have to stay the entire time,” shares Kathy Schwartzhoff, mentoring coordinator at Helping Services, “and you don’t need to commit to volunteering. It’s a just a chance to be curious and enjoy a friendly atmosphere.”
At the event, you could visit with Sandy Deal, long-time supporter of mentoring from Waukon. She shares, “I find a great deal of satisfaction in helping our community. Seeing the smiles of the kids at mentoring events and making new friends is great. I love being involved where I can help and be a guiding example.”
Friendships That Impact More Than You Realize
Studies show that mentored youth are more likely to learn more, earn more, and live healthier for longer. They are more likely to avoid negative influences, which makes a real impact in neighborhoods and saves millions of dollars in our community. A wonderful ripple effect occurs when 90% of those who were mentored become mentors in their community.
An Opportunity for You? Maybe or Maybe Not
Come and enjoy free hor d’oeuvres, and a cash bar will be available. You do not need to commit to becoming a mentor; just come and listen and ask questions. It is all about how we can support our kids. If you are not able to attend the event but wish to find out more about youth mentoring, go to www.helpingservices.org/mentoring, or contact Colinne or Kathy at 563-387-1720.