Cincinnati, OH, April 17, 2017
Do you remember the first person who…
Those moments and so many more are moments made by mentors. Mentors can be a family member, a teacher, or a neighbor—what makes a mentor is a meaningful connection and valuable guidance that prepares young people for the transition into adulthood.
You can be that person by volunteering with Coaching 4 Life (C4L). All it takes is one hour per week—in person, by phone, by text. One hour, and you can change a young person’s life for the better.
“I was so indecisive, like if I wanted to go straight into college or straight into dental assisting. Shadowing really helped me figure out the career path I will be taking after high school.”
– 2016 C4L program participant
“Being a part of the Coaching 4 Life program … is very rewarding when you hear the mentee say that they were interested in a certain career path but since they’ve interacted with you, they aren’t only interested but excited and taking the proper steps to move toward this career.”
– 2016 C4L Mentor
The Mentoring Effect, a nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of both formal and informal mentoring, found that,
“At-risk young people with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college. They were more likely to report participating in sports and other extracurricular activities. They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities and to regularly volunteer in their communities.”
And yet, one in three young people surveyed did not have a mentor. The study estimated that 16 million young people, including 9 million at-risk individuals, would not find a mentor before adulthood.
Coaching 4 Life is a mentoring program offered by Easterseals catering toward at-risk youth in the Colerain area. Both male and female mentors are needed. All ages and professions are welcome, but mentors must pass a criminal background check.
You can make a difference by listening to your mentee about whatever they are willing to share, and by sharing your own life experience. No fancy trips or outings are necessary to have an impact; just be yourself, and be there for your mentee.
Ready to change a young person’s life for the better? Contact Steven Best at 513-446-5465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up now to begin the matching process, and you will be ready to coach your mentee for the upcoming school year!