Mentoring Month in Greene County
At their January 9th meeting, Greene County Supervisors declared January 2014 Mentoring Month in Greene County. The declaration coincides with state and nationwide efforts during the 13th Annual National Mentoring Month campaign and provides an opportunity to highlight qualtiy mentoring programs that produce positive benefits. Greene County's KIDS With A Connection mentoring program is sponsored by Greene County Extension.
KIDS with a Connection began in 2000 under the sponsorship of the Public Health Department through Greene County Medical Center with Donna Sutton as program coordinator. With Sutton's retirement in 2013, the program transitioned to Greene County Extension. Mary Tighe currently serves as program coordinator.
Mentoring Month recognizes the fact the every day, quality mentoring programs in Iowa connect thousands of mentors to our young people and cultivate relationships that provide crucial support and guidance as these young adults grow and develop into our next generation of citizens and leaders. The simple act of being a consistent presence in an adolescent's life through a quality mentoring relationship is proven to help improve school attendance and academic achievement, promote responsible decision making, and provide skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially, and at home.
Mentoring Month is an opportunity to focus on year-round strategies to grow programs like KIDS with A Connection and ensure that every young person in Greene County who needs a mentor is connected to a caring adult. According to Tighe, there is a mentoring gap in Greene County. The number of referrals of young people in need far exceeds the number of available of mentors. Anyone interested in learning more about mentoring and the KIDS with a Connection Mentoring Program is encouraged to contact Tighe at the Greene COunty Extension office at (515)386-2138 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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