With the excitement of the new year and the opportunities to make drastic lifestyle changes, there is plenty out there to keep oneself occupied. Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions is to donate your time to worthwhile causes. January is National Mentoring Month – a month dedicated to highlighting the benefits of mentorship and encouraging those who can get involved.
The National Mentoring Partnership claims that at-risk youth are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions when they have a mentor. Mentoring provides significant positive effects for young adults tempted with blowing off school and letting grades slip. There is a great need to support these young adults in their formative years to help the next generation rise to greatness.
Luckily, in Michigan, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in mentoring through various organizations and programs. Here are just a few options to consider:
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Statewide locations)
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Statewide locations)
- Alternatives for Girls (Detroit)
- Affinity Mentoring (Grand Rapids)
There are plenty more mentoring programs to volunteer with near you. Check out Mentor Michigan to find a list of organizations. Your support and guidance to youth all around the state can grow their confidence, improve their performance both academically and socially, and better prepare them for the future. Consider making a New Year’s resolution to help young adults thrive this year!
For more happening in your community, check out the “Your Neighborhood” tab on Empowering Michigan.
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