Real life superheroes |

Real life superheroes

They live in our towns, shop at our stores, work and play just like we do. No capes, tights, or masks. They look like they guy next door, in fact the guy next door might even be one. One what? A Superhero of Mentoring. These are the people who give of their time, energy, and heart to be a friend and role model to a youth in our community. And to the kids, they just plain rock!

January is National Mentoring Month, which each year gives us the opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for our volunteers. We currently have more than 60 youth participating in YouthZone’s Pals Mentoring Program. Many are matched with a high school student or adult mentor for a period of one year or more, but a large number of kids (especially boys) are still waiting for a Pal. We encourage our Pal pairs to spend 2-3 hours per week together, doing any activities they both enjoy, from reading to fishing, to board games or swimming. Building a relationship is what it’s all about, and there are endless ways to enjoy doing just that.

The only requirement for becoming a Pals mentor is that you have a desire to share your life with a child, and are willing to complete our application, screening, and training process. Once matched, our staff is here for support, encouragement and to help wherever needed to ensure a fun and successful match.

So to our current Pals Mentoring Superheroes we say a huge thank-you. And to those of you who might consider joining our team, we would love to have you! We especially encourage high school and adult males to check out our program, since we typically have more boys on the waiting list than girls. However, any and all applications are very welcome.

If you have an interest or questions, please call the YouthZone office in Rifle at 625-3141, Glenwood at 945-9300, or go to our web site at Come on, jump in with both super-power feet. It’s easy, you’ll make a difference, and you’ll have a blast!

Nancy MacGregor is a Pals mentoring case manger.

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