GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – January is National Mentoring Month, and once again D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect the youth we serve with caring adults.
Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
Yet, the same research shows that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.
To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find out volunteer opportunities, visit our Mentoring Services page.