The power of mentoring

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By Christina Crain
Special to The PREVIEW

Mentor. What a powerful word.

A mentor guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and makes them feel like they matter. This definition truly identifies what the mentors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Archuleta County do.

January was National Mentoring Month and from our community Bigs to our high school Bigs, their dedication and commitment to our youth is what makes our volunteers incredibly special.

Thank you to our mentors in Archuleta County, who inspire our local youth and truly make impacts. Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, something incredible is started: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential.

Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to children not associated with this program, were:

• 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs.

• 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol.

• 52 percent less likely to skip school.

• 37 percent less likely to skip a class.

• 33 percent less likely to hit someone.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Archuleta County is incredibly lucky to have a group of mentors that impact our children and we are always looking for more Bigs and Littles. Please visit our site at www.bbig.org or call 398-0007. It all starts with you. Are you ready to shape a child’s future for the better?