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Mountain Mentors is working to recruit 30 caring adults during the 30 days in June
Contact:Shawna Lane, Mountain Mentors Program SupervisorSummit County Youth and Family Services970-668-9182, ShawnaL@co.summit.co.us
SUMMIT COUNTY – Mountain Mentors is putting out a challenge to the Summit County community, asking caring adults to help grow the program’s ranks by 30 new mentors during the 30 days of June.
“Do you remember the teacher, sibling, neighborhood kid or family member that you looked up to when you were young? Remember how much that person meant to you?” asked Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs. “Now, here is your chance to be that person to someone else.”
Mountain Mentors is a local program in Summit County that facilitates mentoring relationships for youth by pairing them with positive adult role models. The program, run by Summit County Youth and Family Services, has provided quality mentoring to more than 2,000 youth in Summit County since 1987.
Mountain Mentors currently has 49 mentor-mentee matches that spend time together each month learning, sharing and participating in activities while actively enriching each other’s lives. But 47 students are on the waitlist for a mentor.
“If we meet our goal of recruiting 30 new mentors this month, we will make a huge dent in that waitlist,” Mountain Mentors Program Supervisor Shawna Lane said. “The need is particularly great at this time of year, as children and teens head into summer without some of the support systems and structure they receive through school.”
Studies have shown that quality one-on-one mentoring programs like Mountain Mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools needed to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce incidence of delinquency, substance abuse and academic failure.
According to the National Mentoring Partnership, young people who were at risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to later enroll in college than those who did not have a mentor. Young people who had a mentor were 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
“By engaging more adults and young people in quality mentoring relationships, we’re building a stronger Summit County,” Lane said. “At its heart, a mentoring relationship is a basic human connection that lets a child know that he or she is an important part of our community. And if you ask any of our mentors, they get just as much out of these relationships as their mentees do.”
Mountain Mentors pairs adult volunteers with youth ages 8 through 16. Each volunteer must be at least 21 years old and make a one-year commitment to spending eight hours per month with his or her mentee. Activities can include outdoor recreation, cultural activities, helping with schoolwork and participating in group outings organized by Mountain Mentors.
To get involved in Mountain Mentors, visit www.co.summit.co.us/mentor, or contacting Shawna Lane at 970-668-9182 or ShawnaL@co.summit.co.us. Those who don’t have time to be a mentor can refer a friend. Summit County community members can also show their support by liking Mountain Mentors Colorado on Facebook.
Mountain Mentors is an affiliate of the Colorado Mentoring Partnership.