Gov. Kelly declares January as Mentoring Month

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:41 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Laura Kelly has declared January as Mentoring Month in Kansas.

Mentor Kansas says that Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation that declared January 2021 as Mentoring Month in Kansas to coincide with National Mentoring Month.

According to Mentor Kansas, the proclamation recognizes that quality mentoring programs throughout Kansas are connecting mentors with young people. It said these relationships provide critical support and guidance as young people grow and develop into the next generation of leaders.

Mentor Kansas said it is a statewide mentoring partnership that connects over 150 mentoring programs. It said its mission is to promote safe and effective youth mentoring practices and inspire more Kansans to be mentors. It said it is an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

According to the organization, research shows that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of situations. It said ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development and social and economic opportunity. However, it said one in three young people will grow up without the critical asset of mentoring.

“A great mentor can significantly impact a young person’s life, in turn inspiring the potential of all young people in Kansas,” Smith said.

Mentor Kansas said young people that face risk factors have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not. It said they are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in the community and twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

According to Mentor Kansas, Mentoring Month is a chance to highlight mentoring programs that produce these benefits, and to focus on strategies to grow their capacity to make sure every young person has a mentor.

“Mentoring programs have leveraged National Mentoring Month as an opportunity to not only raise awareness but to get their communities engaged in this effort to provide a critical support to our young people,” said David Shapiro, president and CEO of MENTOR. “It’s only with this level of commitment and involvement that we can ensure every young person has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults.”

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