RALEIGH, NC, January 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mentoring, a consistent, caring relationship between youth and adults can change life outcomes for students. This month, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), a leading dropout prevention organization, is celebrating National Mentoring Month by recognizing how mentor relationships serve to increase the graduation rate.
"The impact of a positive mentor / mentee relationship is immeasurable," said Danya Perry, Vice President of Support Services for Communities In Schools of North Carolina. "Positive youth development is at the core of the mentoring relationship. I can say definitively that my mentors contributed to my life trajectory."
A report released this month by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, shows that 76% of at-risk youth with a mentor aspire to graduate high school and attend college versus 56% of at-risk student who had no mentor. Further, at-risk youth are more likely to hold leadership positions (51% to 22%) and are more likely to volunteer and give back to their communities (48% to 27%). Mentoring is a critical dropout prevention strategy in Communities In Schools of North Carolina's tool kit. CISNC trains mentors and harnesses the resources of local communities, businesses, social service agencies and health care providers to surround youth with the resources they need to succeed.
The theme for 2014 National Mentoring Month is Mentoring Works, Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters. The theme captures how mentoring impacts positive outcomes in the areas of academic achievement, behavior, workforce development and community engagementó all key factors in building stronger communities.
Today's teens spend about 40% of their waking hours without companionship and supervision. Yet, research shows that a young person who meets regularly with a mentor through a quality-mentoring program is 52 percent less likely than his or her peers to skip school and 42 percent less likely to start using illegal drugs.
Governor Pat McCrory believes in the power of a mentor. As someone who has mentored youth, he declared January National Mentoring Month in North Carolina.
You don't need special skills to become a mentor and impact the life of a child. January provides a good time to remember the adults who made a difference in your life. Was it a teacher, a coach or a pastor? Reach out and thank them this month and consider how you too can pour into the life of a child who needs someone to show them the path to achieve in life.
About Communities in Schools of North Carolina
Communities in Schools of North Carolina is a member of the leading dropout prevention organization in the nation, working collaboratively with 44 NC communities to impact the lives of more than 200,000 youth each year. CISNC provides students with one-to-one relationships with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy future, a marketable skill and a chance to give back to the community upon graduation from high school. The mission of CISNC is to surround students with a community of supports, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. For more information, visit http://www.cisnc.org
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