MENTOR Virginia, a statewide nonprofit that seeks to expand access to mentoring relationships for youth, is partnering with 11 different mentoring programs in Central Virginia to host an “Open House virtual back-to-school mentors on September 27.
The event is designed as an opportunity for adults 18+ to learn more about becoming a youth mentor at a school near them. The organization’s goal is to help match volunteer mentors with more than 500 young people who are currently on waiting lists this school year.
Registration for the event, which begins that day at 6 p.m., is available at bit.ly/CentralVAMentor.
Interested community members will have the opportunity to learn more about each of the 11 mentorship programs and have the chance to sign up for the one that best suits their interests, geography and schedules. Participants will learn about opportunities for one-on-one as well as group youth mentoring, with both in-person and virtual mentoring options.
The 11 programs that will be participating in the event include Henrico HEROES, AMP! Metro Richmond, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CricketTogether, Girls2Women-VA, Girls for a Change, Girls on the Run Greater Richmond, Higher Achievement, MEGA Mentors, Partnership for the Future, and the Take 5 Mentorship Program at City Public Schools from Petersburg.
Community members who attend the event will find opportunities to mentor a youth at schools in Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan, and Prince George counties, as well as the cities of Petersburg and Richmond. .
“Young people have been through a lot over the past two years, and our educators and families need help with the academic, social-emotional, and mental health challenges our young people face in this new school year.” , said Sarah Wilkinson, director of programs at MENTOR Virginia. “The need for volunteer mentors in our schools has never been greater. We need caring adults to answer the call and sign up to mentor a young person.
According to the organization’s officials, young people who have a mentor are more likely to enroll in college, volunteer in their community and avoid risky behaviors that could disrupt their future aspirations.
“School staff are overwhelmed, and one solution is to bring more caring adults into schools who can provide an extra level of support for young people who need it most,” said Leslie Velez, a school health specialist. K-12 intervention for Henrico County Public Schools. . “We have over 50 students waiting to be matched with a mentor right now. We need more community members to become mentors because we see the difference mentors make for our students every day. »
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