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Bond Is Growing Between a Pair
Herald-Tribune, Florida, January 24, 2012

National Mentoring Month Highlights Need for Positive Role Models
The Hour, Connecticut, January 15, 2012

Call for Mentors Is Plea to Help Kids
Argus Leader, South Dakota, January 9, 2012

Mentoring a Better Life for Youth
Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont, January 9, 2012

 


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Bond Is Growing Between a Pair
Herald-Tribune, Florida, January 24, 2012

"In honor of National Mentoring Month, some area organizations are holding events and ramping up efforts to raise awareness about the activity, which they say boosts kids’ grades and self-esteem in addition to benefiting the mentor. Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota will host three 'Try-It' hourlong sessions in January…'Try-It' sessions have been offered for several years, but [mentor program director, Michelle] Madsen said the organization always tries to heighten the awareness of its program in January through posters, advertising and other methods…'It seems like a lot of people kind of have a resolution to do more in their community or start a new volunteer opportunity, so when people are thinking of making a change in their life, it seems like the flip of the calendar always presents that opportunity.'"

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National Mentoring Month Highlights Need for Positive Role Models
The Hour, Connecticut, January 15, 2012

"January is National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign which launched 11 years ago to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. President Barack Obama has signed on to the initiative, issuing a proclamation…to embrace mentoring and cultivating supportive environments for young people…National studies show that just one hour a week improves a child's self-confidence and academic performance and decreases anger, hostility and delinquent behavior. Further research suggests that mentoring programs have been most effective with young people who have pre-existing difficulties or are exposed to higher levels of environmental risk."

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Call for Mentors Is Plea to Help Kids
Argus Leader, South Dakota, January 9, 2012

"In honor of National Mentoring Month, some area organizations are holding events and ramping up efforts to raise awareness about the activity, which they say boosts kids’ grades and self-esteem in addition to benefiting the mentor. Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota will host three 'Try-It' hourlong sessions in January…'Try-It' sessions have been offered for several years, but [mentor program director, Michelle] Madsen said the organization always tries to heighten the awareness of its program in January through posters, advertising and other methods…'It seems like a lot of people kind of have a resolution to do more in their community or start a new volunteer opportunity, so when people are thinking of making a change in their life, it seems like the flip of the calendar always presents that opportunity.'"

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Mentoring a Better Life for Youth
Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont, January 9, 2012

"In January, Youth Services [Brattleboro, Vermont] is attempting to recruit 40 new volunteers. 'This is our 40th anniversary this year and we wanted to kick it off by matching every one of our 40 children on our waiting list,' [program director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rob] Szpila said…National research demonstrates that mentoring -- pairing a caring adult volunteer with a young person for a mutually rewarding friendship -- is an effective method of addressing all sorts of youth-related issues…Windham County [Vermont] Sheriff Keith Clark said his decision to become a big brother last summer was based on his many hours of duty…'With two grown daughters out of the house I have a little extra time to spend and I couldn't think of a better way to use it.'"

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