January is National Mentoring Month!
On behalf of the Communities In Schools Board of Directors, staff and students we serve, we want to thank our mentors, past and present, for providing support through our students’ formative years, offering guidance and encouragement through life’s challenges, and providing stability when their home or school like may be in turmoil.
YOU are helping to bridge the opportunity gap and are supporting your mentee in staying connected to their school and community, and in persisting in the face of adversity. We truly appreciate your commitment to your mentee and helping guide them in their journey through adolescence!
Check out our Mentor Appreciation Video!
Research shows that there is a “mentoring gap” in America, as 1/3 of our youth will grow up without a stable, enduring adult presence in their life. For Federal Way, this means that currently 7,653 total students are passing through our school system without ever having a consistent adult role model.
Mentoring can have significant positive effects on youth at-risk of dropping out of school. When compared to other at-risk youth without a mentor, mentored youth are:
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school
- 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs, and 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol
- 81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
Mentoring with Communities In Schools
Mentors meet once a week for an hour with their middle or high school mentee during the school day. Mentoring sessions are scheduled during non-core classes, including electives or lunch, to ensure students do not miss valuable instruction time. Mentors work to establish a personal relationship, help their mentee overcome obstacles in and out of school, and model positive behavior and decision-making skills. During their sessions, mentors are encouraged to play games, set goals, work on activities or crafts, or just provide a listening ear and positive encouragement. Mentors use their unique talents and interests to connect with their student, and often incorporate their skill sets into activities with their mentee.
To learn more about mentoring with CIS, or to apply, see our brochure and application below.
About National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.