January is National Mentoring Month, so now is the perfect time to learn more about youth mentoring. Mentors have a positive impact on children in your area and helps the community in many ways. Learn more about the impact here to determine if mentorship is right for you.
Nearly 2 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with depression. Depressive thoughts and feelings can occur when kids don’t feel like they fit in. Abusive homes or neglectful parents can also be factors.
Youth mentoring has been shown to reduce depression in children and teens, as it gives them dedicated, supportive role models to talk and spend time with. Kids can express their emotions and discuss their hopes for the future in judgment-free environments, while also learning ways to cope with challenges like stress and school.
Feeling supported, valued, and cared for often gives children higher self-esteem and confidence to try new things, stand up for their beliefs, and explore creative outlets. Confident kids are also more likely to take better care of themselves as they get older, which can keep them away from drugs and alcohol.
When children receive support and positive reinforcement, they typically perform better in school. They understand the importance of doing well academically to become well-rounded, knowledgeable adults who can think critically. Children often mimic the adults in their lives, so if they have mentors who love learning, they likely will too.
Academic achievements help children gain more confidence, while discussing drawbacks teaches them the value of working hard and trying again. Mentors who emphasize the importance of remaining resilient, even when the outcome isn’t ideal, help kids develop strong work ethics they will use in the classroom and as citizens of the world.
Mentors have a positive impact on children and can make a BIG difference for them! Are you ready to make a big difference? Sign up to be a Big today!