FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
TABOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES ENGAGES VOLUNTEERS WITH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, IN REAL LIFE
DOYLESTOWN, PA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is celebrating 15 years of the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adult volunteers by sharing In Real Life stories and raising funds for the Adolescent Caring Fund.
Mentoring relationships are defined by the connections made between a caring adult volunteer and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real life decisions, empower them to make smart choices and put them on a path to success.
“The focus of our public awareness and recruitment campaign is to incite inspiration and support by highlighting the impact mentoring has on both the mentee and the mentor. Supporting the Adolescent Caring Fund will ensure that our real life mentoring relationships are thriving, impactful and life changing for our youth who are ‘aging out’ of child welfare,” said Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.
“Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large part due to National Mentoring Month. Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Nykea Alvarez-Macey, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.
Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.
National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, Tabor is encouraging the public to become involved in making a real life impact by participating in the following events, public awareness and social media campaigns:
January 1st-31st – You can make a charitable contribution to Tabor’s Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month!
January 1st-31st – Tabor will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring, sharing In Real Life stories and recruiting volunteer mentors. To learn more and get involved visit Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.
January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day – A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor mentors have reflected on their experiences and Tabor will be sharing their comments on social media and the Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has mentored is encouraged to share their experience on social media using #MentorIRL.
January 17th is International Mentoring Day and Tabor will host the annual Lehigh Valley Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Yanni’s Taverna in Bethlehem, PA.
January 25th – Tabor will host our annual Bucks County Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Villa Barolo in Warrington, PA. *Please note the date change from the 12th.
On the 17th and 25th volunteer mentors will come together for these private events to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor will also be awarding a mentor with the Mentor of the Year Award. Pictures and video footage from the events will be shared on Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.
January 19th – #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have had real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Tabor will be releasing special thank you announcements through social media and their Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has had a mentor is encouraged to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.
January 31st – Interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer mentor? Join Tabor for a Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 to learn more about the benefits of becoming a mentor. Register for the event by contacting Rosaleen.Holohan@tabor.org.
About National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
About Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is non-profit community-based child welfare organization. Providing services to approximately 1,400 children annually throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, Tabor is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.
Founded in Doylestown 109 years ago, Tabor’s vision has led to a rich history of serving children and families in need and now serves as a multi-service community-based organization providing in-home child and familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent programs, life skill training and mentoring.
To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit Tabor.org or our Mentoring Blog. Visit us on Facebook @TaborServices.