Health and Family Services Cabinet
January is Mentoring Month; Kentuckians encouraged to be involved with programs that aid youth
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2009) – Youth and teens can have higher self-esteem, better communications skills and a higher success rate in school when they are mentored by caring adults.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) is encouraging Kentuckians to invest the time to mentor youth.
Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed January Mentoring Month in Kentucky.
KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said the need for mentors is great, and the beginning of a new year is a good time to start a new volunteer commitment.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s parents, decision makers and leaders,” she said. “Adults who mentor offer guidance, support and encouragement that develop the competence and character young people need as they grow to reach their potential.”
Studies show several benefits of mentoring. Youth are more likely to stay in school, avoid abusing drugs and alcohol and seek and retain employment. They are also less likely to resort to violence.
Cackowski said that at its most basic level, mentoring helps because it shows young people that there is someone who cares about them.
“Children of any age and background would be happy to know they are not alone in what they are going through and they have another adult they can trust,” she said. “Taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. That is the foundation of so much of what we accomplish as adults.”
KCCVS partners have thousands of mentoring opportunities, Cackowski said. There are needs for working with groups and individuals. Log on to www.volunteerKY.ky.gov or call (800) 239-7404 to learn more.
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