January is National Mentoring month so as it draws to a close, we will show our support at our February 7th Workshop. Since 1968 adults have been matched with a Junior Partner ages 7-17 to provide extra support to some great kids. To be a Senior Partner you must be 21 years or older and have 3 hours/ week to spend with a youth for 1 year. Gail Shatz will have a couple minutes to explain how she works to match interests, needs and strengths of each partnership. These kids increase their self-esteem, do better in school, are more likely to live drug and alcohol free, just as a result of someone sharing their time and showing interest in a young person. They have a long list of kids awaiting Partners. You can volunteer to help with some of those group activities to see if you might want to make a year-long commitment. You might help with homework, shoot some hoops, go have lunch with your Partner at their school, take them bowling, teach them skills you enjoy…like quilting, baking, woodworking, basically just spending time together!

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