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This April, join College Mentors for Kids in recognizing our volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Month. Officially declared in 1974, National Volunteer Month is a time to reflect on the impact that volunteers across the country have had on their communities — and College Mentors is no exception! Countless college student mentors have volunteered with our program since its creation, and many mentors have gone on to become leaders in their community, workplace, and even College Mentors itself. We are also fortunate to have volunteers join us later in life, inspired by their passion for mentoring. Read on for stories of a few wonderful volunteers who inspire us and continually give back and serve others.
While the last year has been challenging, spring is upon us and it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the bright spots. It’s been positive to remember that the most important part of our program is creating mentoring relationships. With some ups and downs, we have been able to make this happen! When we faced challenges with little buddy recruitment, we recognized an opportunity to partner with other organizations to connect elementary kids with college mentors. We’ve been grateful to work with some well-known national organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and also become acquainted with new local organizations like INLIVIAN, our newest partner for our University of North Carolina at Charlotte chapter.
Black History Month is a celebration and time to elevate Black individuals who have been an essential part of our history. Our chapters are still starting for their spring semester, so we’re looking back to last year’s activities at this time dedicated to celebrating Black history.
January is National Mentoring Month. Launched in 2002 by MENTOR National and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month is focused on raising awareness for mentoring and how mentoring amplifies change. Did you know that young people who have mentors are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college and 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities? That’s the power of one meaningful relationship. And that’s why together, with MENTOR National, we are amplifying the possibities of mentoring and it’s power to change not only the life of the mentee, but the life of the mentor.
College Mentors for Kids has spent the year remodeling, renovating and rehabbing our traditional mentoring program, adapting it for the current virtual world. Although the delivery may look a little bit different, our program is still transforming lives through mentoring.
This semester, we are excited to introduce College Mentors Live — the latest installment of College Mentors at Home! College Mentors Live is a series of videos that highlight different chapters and showcase unique aspects of their campus through engaging activities. Since we can’t physically bring our little buddies to campus right now, a virtual tour is the next best thing! Every episode will air on our new YouTube channel. Check out the first episode from our Ball State University Chapter above where you can learn all about maps, the Ball State Multicultural Center, and ceramics!