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January is National Mentoring Month! Becoming a mentor at MCHS is just one of the many ways you can have a direct impact on our youth and community. Continue reading to learn the benefits of mentoring our youth.
It makes a child’s life better.
Studies show children need three positive role models in their lives to be successful. Our boys often need an extra source of support to get through their tough days and as they navigate obstacles in their young lives. By becoming a mentor, you will be matched with one of our children in our residential program. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to bond with your mentee through campus activities and scheduled one-on-one time. Spending time with your mentee may bring them a moment of peace and normalcy amid their circumstances.
It makes the community better.
Investing in our children is an investment in the future. Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Mentoring a child at MCHS has a positive impact not just on a child and yourself, but also on your community. Our children have experienced trauma and neglect and need plenty of support and love. Providing our youth with a mentor allows them to develop relationships that will expose them to new lifestyles, ideas and experiences.
It makes your life better.
Our children aren’t the only ones that benefit from our mentor program. Mentors are also positively impacted by their new friendship. During the commitment, mentors and mentees develop strong relationships and mentors often become a support system for our kids. Cindy Cohen became a mentor in 2019 after learning about MCHS during a news segment. Cindy comes from an education background and wanted to invest her time in nurturing children. When asked about her experience as a mentor, she replied, “This gives me an opportunity to attend to every aspect of their needs; their hearts, their education, future and goal planning. Just being someone that can help them achieve their goals.” Cindy has been greatly impacted by the relationship her and her mentee have developed and plans to continue mentoring in 2020.
If you’re interested in learning more about our mentor program, consider attending our upcoming information session on March 12th at 5:30 p.m. on our Redford campus in the administration building.