Penny Holcomb | AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader | 1/24/2020
The month of January marks the 19th annual National Mentoring Month, a campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults.
What makes mentoring so important? Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know they matter, and that there is someone to help them make the right choices in life. Research shows that being connected to a mentor in real life improves a young person’s academic, social, and economic prospects. They are more likely to enroll in college, more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities, more likely to volunteer regularly in their community, and more than twice as likely to hold a leadership position in a club or sports team. These outcomes not only benefit the young person being mentored, but ultimately strengthen our community.
The need for mentors and tutors in Santa Fe is real: Last year a survey of local organizations revealed 500+ positions for mentors and tutors waiting to be filled. Clearly, too many young people in Santa Fe grow up without a strong role model who can provide them with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use, and other negative activities. Santa Fe needs more mentors and tutors to meet this demand.
If you want to change a young person’s trajectory in life, please consider volunteering as a mentor or tutor. By giving a young boy or girl the advantages of having a stable, caring adult role model, you can make all the difference in the world – for them, for yourself, and for our community.
To learn more about mentoring and tutoring opportunities in Santa Fe, click here.