Make a difference in the life of a child — and have fun, too!
I’m pleased to announce that LifeSmart Education & Bridgescape Schools is launching a youth mentoring program. In my life, I’ve experienced first-hand the impact that encouraging, listening and role modeling can have on a child’s life. Mentoring programs give us each a chance to contribute to the youth in our communities. Many of you may already participate in mentoring activities, whereas others (like me) are ready to take this next step through the LifeBridge Mentoring Program. I hope you will join me.
What does a mentor do?
A mentor provides support to a young person who can benefit from the guidance, friendship and life experience of the mentor. Mentoring allows the individuals involved to share experiences and learn from them while building a supportive relationship over time. In the LifeBridge Mentoring Program, our focus will be on youth at the Bridgescape schools - whose lives can be enriched through the guidance of an older, more experienced person.
How does mentoring help?
In addition to making children more confident in their schoolwork and more trusting of their parents or guardians, mentoring makes students
52% less likely to skip school;
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs;
37% less likely to skip a class;
27% less likely to begin using alcohol; and
33% less likely to hit someone.
Who can participate?
This opportunity is available to all community leaders and business professionals.
How do I participate?
The first step is to fill out a brief mentor application. You can complete it HERE, or by phoning us 614-962-5257 to request an application be mailed to you.
The application process includes:
You could be the mentor we are looking for. Our mentors are professional adults who volunteer their time and energy, mentoring underserved youth, age 16 to 23 years old, one-on-one and sometimes in groups.
You can choose to mentor in-person, by phone or via the internet.
1. Helping students develop their postsecondary and career goals by fostering the connection between academic success and career aspirations.
2. Meeting the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood through mentoring activities that reinforce the schools’ core values.
3. Facilitating conversations and engaging students in activities focused on critical thinking and problem solving, decision making, goal setting, etc.
4. Ensuring that students know how to thrive in both good and challenging times by holding themselves to high expectations, living up to the core values, staying focused on achieving their goals and overcoming adversity.
5. Inspiring students to develop resolute hope, leading to a positive transformation because of the opportunities in their future.
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