Across the country, January is known as National Mentoring Month. January is a great time to re-assess your commitments and considering giving back to your community in the form of youth mentoring! This year’s slogan – Be Someone Who Matters To Someone Who Matters – encompasses the true meaning and power of mentoring relationships. A highlight of this year’s campaign is Thank Your Mentor Day, which takes place on January 15th. This is a great day for all of us to thank and honor the mentors we’ve had in our lives – those that have helped us get to where we are today. To get involved, contact those that have been mentors to you to express appreciation, become a mentor in your own community, make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, or post a tribute on WhoMentoredYou.org.
There are many organizations in Omaha that are looking for mentors just like you! 100 Black Men of Omaha, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Girls Inc., Hope Center for Kids, TeamMates Mentoring Program, Release Ministries, Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Youth Emergency Services, Partnership 4 Kids, Kids Can Community Center and Ollie Webb, Inc. are all evidence-based programs that Midlands Mentoring Partnership works with to ensure that every youth in the Omaha Metro area has a quality mentoring relationship that gives them the support they need to realize their full potential. There are currently 30,000 youth, in Omaha alone, living under the poverty level and only 3,000 of those youth have a successful mentor match.
Mentoring in our community is a very important first step when it comes to initiating the change we want to see for our youth. Mentoring is a valuable necessity that leads to lower school dropout rates, fewer teen pregnancies and a smaller likelihood of teen substance abuse.
If you are ready to Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters, visit www.mentoromahanow.org to see which mentoring organization is right for you. Get involved and help brighten the future of our youth!