2010-01-13 / Other Jenkins News

Mentoring makes a difference

There is no greater gift you can give than the gift of time.

Every year in this country more than one million students drop out of high school. There are many reasons why this happens such as not reading on grade level, high absenteeism, disengagement from the learning process, lack of parental engagement and support at home, teen pregnancy and negative peer pressure. Dropouts in Georgia cost $17 billion per year in forgone revenue, a cost almost as high as the entire state budget. Mentors can help reduce these statistics and help students increase their self-esteem, improve behavior and grades and provide a better chance for graduation. Most mentors say they get as much or more out of the experience as the child they’re mentoring. A mentor does not have to have any special skills to mentor, and it can take as little as an hour a week.

January is National Mentoring Month, spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The month-long outreach campaign focuses on the need for mentors and provides an opportunity to work in partnership with others to help students succeed and increase the number of mentors for aspiring students. Generally when you talk to someone who is successful in life, they attribute their success to the help of a mentor or mentors.

About Communities In Schools (CIS) - CIS is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. CIS partners with local school systems and community organizations to connect resources and services to kids and families. In Georgia, 42 CIS local affiliates and 21 Performance Learning Centers ® (PLCs) provide services to more than 170,000 students in 54 school systems. Key programs include mentoring, tutoring, parent engagement, literacy, afterschool programs, youth leadership, and PLCs. PLCs are geared toward high school students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. Communities sponsoring CIS programs have seen an increase in their school graduation rates, a decrease in violence and disruptions, and an increase in attendance and academic achievement.

Please contact CIS of Jenkins County at (478) 982-8004 for more mentoring opportunities.

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