Mentoring a child can be as simple as reading with them, helping with their homework or perhaps just being a caring adult who is there to listen. But the real power of mentoring can be clearly seen in the data. Research shows that mentored students are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 59 percent more likely to get better grades. They are also less likely to use illegal drugs and alcohol, and they enjoy better relationships with peers and family members, as well as higher levels of self-confidence.
Mayor Alvin Brown announced the launch of The Mayor’s Mentors in December 2011 with a goal of training and placing 500 new school-based mentors with DCPS students by April 1 at no cost to taxpayers. With the help of United Way of Northeast Florida and partnerships with businesses and student-serving organizations that goal has been exceeded with more than 600 mentors trained and placed in Duval County Public Schools.
This spring, the Mayor’s Mentors will begin their second initiative of working with community and faith-based programs in Jacksonville to bring even more mentors to more children.
The Mayor’s Mentors will receive the HandsOn Mentoring Award on April 18th’s Celebrate!GOOD event. www.handsonjacksonville.org/celebrate