A “R.E.A.L” need for mentors

Did you know that young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who did not participate? It’s proven!

January is National Mentoring Month, but we believe children should have positive mentors year-round. Now more than ever children need positive role models in their life. 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.

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.   

Interested in starting a mentoring program? Check out Scholastic R.E.A.L.(Read. Excel, Achieve. Lead), a program devoted to giving school districts the tools needed to recruit, encourage and equip mentors to inspire students and build literacy skills. Through the Scholastic R.E.A.L. program schools welcome volunteers from the community who are willing to share their life experiences as they enjoy a book with students. R.E.A.L mentoring sessions have a long-lasting impact on students to think more deeply and make relevant connections to the world. In addition, mentoring programs strengthen community involvement and enrich school culture.

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