Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative
programs provide an environment that encourages children to discover and
cultivate their God-given talents and interests. Having these programs readily available is
essential to ensure an equal opportunity for school-aged children to explore
their potential and succeed. Mayor Steve
Benjamin is dedicated to providing a positive environment for children through
the efforts of mentors. He believes
these programs have a substantial and constructive impact on the Columbia
community. Mentoring programs provide
essential resources for Midlands
students. Having a role model to look up
to can steer children toward becoming successful citizens; they can provide an
empathetic ear and good advice. The
presence of active, responsible adults in the lives of Columbia children will
better the community. In order to change
the city for the better, everyone must do their part to provide our youth with
the necessary opportunities to develop the interests and skills that will
benefit them in adulthood.
of Columbia is committed to offering programs that ensure a good example for
school children who need and deserve one.
A Ford Foundation study found that children with mentors are more likely
to: get better grades, graduate from high school, enroll in college, and
participate in community service. The California Mentor Foundation discovered
that of children involved in mentoring programs: 98% stayed in school, 85%
abstained. These studies support the
notion that mentors play a pivotal roll in a child’s development. Mayor Benjamin encourages you to lend your
time and influence to a mentoring program, it just may change a life.
If you are interested in finding out more on the mentoring opportunities and organizations in Columbia, please check out our 2011 Mentoring Directory.