I am thrilled that President Barack Obama understands the importance of mentoring, and has given mentoring the national prominence it deserves by declaring January 2012 as National Mentoring Month.
He has issued a proclamation saying, “Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood. By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation’s youth for a bright future. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country.” (You can read the rest of his speech by clicking here.)
LACF Mentoring began in October 2002, building relationships between students in our neighborhood and available, caring adults. Since then, the program has grown to 65 mentor/student pairs. One of our LACF values is the idea of mutuality, and we see the willingness of mentors to learn from students (and vice versa) as mutuality in action. The LACF Mentor Coaches have the privilege of supporting and encouraging mentors through this process. We truly count it a privilege to work with the fabulous mentors in our program, and get to see the transforming nature of mentoring relationships first-hand.
Thank you, LACF Mentors, for making a difference in the life of your students, and for seeing their God-given potential! If you are not currently a mentor and would like to become a mentor, please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By Nancy Stiles, Mentor Coach