LaPorte County Commissioners Observe National Mentoring Month | Local News

LaPorte County Commissioners proclaimed January National Mentoring Month in honor of the campaign’s 20th anniversary.

National LaPorte County Mentoring Month provides an opportunity to highlight mentoring programs such as Family Advocates’ CYA program, Slicer Champions School Mentoring Program, Youth Service Bureau’s School Buddies Program, Boys & Girls Club of LaPorte County AWE, MCAS Safe Harbor H40. Mentoring Program and Building Blackhawks Mentoring Program that produces positive benefits and focuses on strategies to develop their capacity to ensure that every youth and child has a mentor.

The proclamation recognizes that mentoring promotes healthy relationships and communication, positive self-esteem, emotional well-being, and growth in young people and their relationships with others.

During the pandemic, mentoring programs have ramped up to fill gaps for young people and families, connecting them to resources and ensuring that mentoring relationships continue virtually to ensure physical distancing does not affect the social link.

Youth who face risk factors but have a mentor are 52% less likely than their peers to skip class and 37% less likely to skip class. Young mentees are 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.

The proclamation celebrates National Mentoring Month as a time to celebrate, elevate and encourage mentorship throughout LaPorte County and recruit caring adults to mentor.

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