National Mentorship Month
January brought us National Mentorship Month – an opportunity to recognize all who selflessly share a gift of their time and compassion with a child enrolled in our Kinship Program. Through Kinship, LCRC establishes quality relationships between caring adult mentors and children in our community. Through the mentoring relationships, stability and support are founded and lasting friendships are formed.
Who can be a mentor? Kinship mentors are adults 18 years and older and may be single, married, a mother, father, grandparent, employed, or retired. They are anyone who recognizes the value and potential of our community’s children and want to help. As a result of the relationship and attention, we see children in Kinship experience growth in self-confidence and in turn, volunteers find themselves gaining far more than they give.
Who is a Kinship youth? A Kinship youth is a child between the ages of 5 and 16 who would benefit from having a special relationship with an adult committed to future generations. These children/youth are children that value friendship, affection, advice, guidance and meaningful adult companionship.
What are a few things Kinship mentors do?
- Help a child discover and develop his or her strengths
- Be a reliable and dependable friend
- Listen and offer emotional support to a child in a non-judgmental manner
- Share relevant experiences from their own life
- Establish trust and friendship
- Listen to and stand by a child through joys and frustrations
- Keep confidentiality
In recognition of National Mentor Month, LCRC hosted an event at DL Mountain so Mentors & Mentees could enjoy an afternoon of tubing and hot cocoa. We were fortunate to once again experience the gifts of these mentoring relationships and witness firsthand how the friendships have been fostered and positively impacted the children in the program. Thank you to all of our mentors who are committed to being a positive presence in the lives of youth. Mentoring changes lives!
Please visit our website to download the forms. www.lakescrisis.com/getinvolved/Kinship.