ROARING FORK VALLEY — In honoring National Mentoring Month, YouthZone will be hosting an open house for the community to learn more about being a mentor through the YouthZone Pals Mentoring Program.
“There is clearly a need for more mentors in our community,” said Pals Mentor Program Director Patty Schaffner.
The open house will take place simultaneously at the Glenwood Springs and Rifle offices from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.
“In every corner of our nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential,” said President Barack Obama. “During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.”
Research has shown that volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence as well as boosting academic achievement. Mentors help to build young people’s character and confidence, expand their universe, and help them navigate a path to success.
Despite these benefits, the gap between the number of mentors and the number of young people who need a mentor continues to grow. Today, 15 million young people need a caring adult mentor in their lives.
Call 970-945-6300 for more information about how to be a mentor.