Calling all mentors… And a giveaway!
By Alex on December 5th, 2011
Every Monday since November 7th we have hosted a series of “Family and Community Engagement” (FACE) giveaways. Today marks our last giveaway of that series, so be sure to leave your comments for a chance to win!
As single parent households and adults working longer hours become increasingly common it is not unusual for many children to go home from school to an empty house. In fact, more than 12 million children go back to an empty household after school on any given day. As this issue continues many communities have turned to mentoring programs to provide children with the support they need. Mentors demonstrate the value of education, literacy and give children someone to admire.
It is proven that young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who did not participate. Furthermore, research has shown that teachers are looking for parents and mentors in the community to be their partners in learning. By becoming partners in learning teachers, parents and mentors can spread the importance of education, share life experience, and simply talk to students about their careers to inspire them to think about their futures.
Anyone can be a mentor—it’s not just limited adults in the world of education. Children need to be exposed to all walks of life and be able to relate with someone similar to them. Mentoring programs are an outlet where diversity and differences are celebrated and welcomed.
Since having mentors for children is such an important tool for their success we thought you should meet our friend and FACE advisory board member, Liza McFadden the President of Volunteer USA.
One example of a mentoring program is Read, Excel, Achieve, Lead (R.E.A.L.) Men Read. Real Men Read is a program in Atlanta which was designed to deepen literacy and the love of reading in students through mentoring. The male mentors in the program are selected because of their positive attitudes and desire to help children grow academically.
GIVEAWAY: Tell us how you have been a mentor and why you think mentoring and partnerships are important by 11:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, December 11 , 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one Muhammad Ali Library choose from grades (3/4, 5/6, 7/8)–one winner receives the full Muhammad Ali Presents: Go The Distance! Library for the grade of their choice . One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read giveaway rules here (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)