This January marks the 15th annual National mentoring Month, and Partners in Prevention is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults by hosting a New Mentor Training on Friday, January 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please register by calling, 903-237-1019.
“There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor,” said Lyndell McAllister, Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program Director. “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for young people, and that ultimately strengthens our community.”
Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities.
Partners in Prevention celebrated 20 years of mentoring in 2016. The Forever Friends and Co-Pilots mentoring program are active in six Longview area school districts for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. New mentors attend an initial training, pass a criminal background check, and are asked to spend one hour per week with their mentee. For more information, call 903-237-1019.