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Nurturing Hearts & Noggins

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Mentoring: A Great Way to Nurture Hearts and Noggins

Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race –
in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate,
in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, that 'we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied to a single garment of destiny.'
In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential
but unfinished drama of reinventing community,
while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it.
-- Marc Freedman

Happy New Year and welcome back to the Nurturing Hearts & Noggins blog! To kick off 2017, lets discuss one of my favorite topics: mentoring! To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, many people around the country decided to take part in service projects; some participated in "Mentor for a Day" programs with youth-serving organizations, while others may have decided to start a mentor program. Either choice, what a wonderful way to give back. Moreover, January is, that's right you guessed it, National Mentoring Month. So, how does mentoring help to nurture hearts and noggins? Here are a few interesting findings about the benefits of mentoring:

a.  High quality mentoring relationships positively influence youth's personal, academic, and professional development

b.  Youth engage in healthier relationships and make healthier lifestyle choices

c.  Young people are more motivated to attend school and engage in academics

d.  They have increased self-confidence and self-esteem

e.  Youth set higher educational goals

f.  They build stronger, positive connections with peers, parents, and teachers

g.  And, youth have less adverse, problem behaviors

That is great news, right? Perhaps, you have experienced additional benefits; please share them with us in the comments section. Which mentoring programs are you familiar with or have been a part of? How has mentoring helped you and/or your child to develop socially and emotionally?

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