nmm_seal_2016_detailJanuary is National Mentoring Month, and as anyone who has ever done it can tell you, there are few things in life that are as rewarding as being a mentor to a child.

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Yeah, YOU!

And right now, New York’s high school students need YOU.

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin are calling on all New Yorkers to consider becoming mentors as part of the City’s new NYC Youth Mentoring Initiative.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio

“New Yorkers know our greatest strength is our people, so we must work together to invest in our future,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The NYC Youth Mentoring Initiative is about reaching more high school youth across the City with positive mentoring relationships that can shape the path to their future and ours. I ask that you inspire someone else in your life and become a personal champion to a young person in their community.”

The initiative, which seeks to double the number of City high school students who are being mentored by City volunteers (currently 20,000) within the next five years, is a collaborative effort by NYC Service, the NYC Department of Education, and other City agencies and community-based mentoring organizations. The initiative seeks to expand upon the City’s existing mentoring programs while also providing prospective mentors with a new range of mentoring opportunities that are flexible and engaging for students and mentors alike.

So why be a mentor? Well,  “at-risk” students who have mentors are:

  • 37 percent less likely to skip a class.
  • 81 percent more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 55 percent more likely to enroll in college.
  • 90 percent are interested in becoming a mentor.
  • 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions.

Currently, the initiative is focused on launching new mentoring programs in Young Men’s Initiative priority communities, including East Harlem, South Bronx, South Jamaica, Brownsville, East New York and Staten Island’s North Shore. By 2022, at least 400 high schools will have established mentoring programs, and community-based organizations and workforce development programs throughout the City will be able to provide thousands of more students with mentors than ever before

Interested in becoming a student’s personal champion? Check out the opportunities currently listed on the NYC Service website, and become a mentor TODAY!

Posted by The Morning Bell

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