January is National Mentoring Month

Categories: Volunteering

Mentors can change a child’s life, and mentors on the Pleasantville Cottage Campus do just that. They make meaningful differences in the lives of campus residents and in their own lives. In celebration of National Mentoring Month, we share some examples of what campus mentors mean to the children they work with, in their own words.

WHY MENTOR?

Research shows that caring adults can make a difference in children’s lives. [Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2003]

  • Forty-five percent of mentored teens are less likely to use drugs.
  • Fifty-nine percent of mentored teens have better academic performance.
  • Seventy-three percent of mentored teens achieve higher goals generally.

Children who have mentors have better relationships with adults, fewer disciplinary referrals and more confidence to achieve their goals.

Mentoring programs are cost-effective approaches to decreasing the occurrence of many social ills such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, incarceration and violence.

If you are interested in mentoring on the Pleasantville Cottage Campus, please contact Stacy Connell, Mentoring Coordinator, at (914) 773-6159 or connells@jccany.org.