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Just as adults spend a big part of their daytime hours at work, children and teens spend a big part their daytime hours at school and involved in after-school activities. Educators and mentors are in a unique position to observe students on a daily basis and play a leadership role in students' lives. As a mentor, coach, adviser or counselor, adults must be active participants in the lives of children.

According to a study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, a positive relationship with a teacher can greatly influence development of positive behaviors, like cooperation and altruism, and significantly reduce problem behaviors like aggression and defiance.

A study published by Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2013 found that youth who have mentors are much more confident in their academic abilities and less likely to display behavior problems.  Girls in the study were four times less likely to bully, fight, lie or express anger than girls with no mentor.

Kentucky CARES provides  program ideas and resources to educators and mentors to encourage engagement with the young people in their lives. These are only a few ideas to help you get started. How will you show that Kentucky CARES?

Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line - 74174
Connect with a Family Resource or Youth Services Center in your area.
Tell us about your Kentucky CARES project 

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