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Pay it forward
Was there an adult in your life who served as a mentor providing guidance and support? Why not share this experience with others through participation in one of the Kiwanis Kids programs? Your involvement will assist students in attaining important life skills.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals to offer guidance; support and encouragement with the intent of assisting youth in developing character.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship and reinforcement. Mentors are caring, willing to listen and interested in helping young people identify and build on their strengths.
Does mentoring make a difference?
Students involved in mentoring experience:
- Fewer unexcused absences from school
- Improved attitude toward school
- Less participation in high risk behaviors
- Enhanced social and emotional development
- Development of goal-setting and problem-solving skills
- Improved communication and leadership skills
- An appreciation of diversity
Here are helpful resources to guide you along the mentoring journey.
How to mentor
The positive impact of mentoring