It is documented that students who participate in mentor relationships miss fewer school days, are less likely to participate in negative behaviors and more likely to graduate on time.
Just one hour a week can help a child become:
• 52% less likely to skip a day of school
• 37% less likely to skip a class
• 46% less likely to start using drugs
• 27% less likely to start drinking
• 33% less likely to hit someone
Under the Mentor Center, United Way now funds and has oversight of eight mentor programs.
The Mentor Center also serves as the anchor of the Palm Beach County Mentor Network, a professional affiliation of 22 formal mentor programs working together to elevate mentoring in the community. These local mentor programs oversee more than 10,000 mentor matches.
To learn more or to become a mentor, click here.
Sarah’s mom passed away when she was only a little girl so her dad, Eric, wanted her and her sister to have a positive female role model in their lives. Shari Notowitz had two grown boys and was looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity. That’s when both Eric and Shari connected with Ruth Rales Family Services’ mentor program. After going through the strict screening process, Shari and Sarah were matched. That was six years ago. Their relationship started off with Shari helping Sarah with her reading skills and evolved into something much deeper, more along the lines of family – they do everything from talking about important life lessons to beach days and museum visits. Sarah was a flower girl in Shari’s son’s wedding and neither can imagine their lives without the other.
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