National Mentoring Month

Chaffee County Mentors Marks National Mentoring Month with events during the month of January.

Chaffee County Mentors - This January our country will celebrate the 13th annual National Mentoring Month, and Chaffee County Mentors is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring programs to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults by multiple events this month.

National Mentoring Month Events sponsored by Chaffee County Mentors: 1/8/2015: Free coffee and inspiring conversation at the Buena Vista Roastery 9:00AM until 12:00PM (409 East Main Street Buena Vista).

1/8/2015: Decorate a FREE mentoring matters t-shirt with puff paint and learn more about becoming a mentor. Buena vista Library (131 Linderman Buena Vista) 3:30PM until 5:00PM.

1/15/2015 Free coffee and inspiring conversation at Café Dawn 9:00AM until 12:00PM (203 W 1st street Salida)

1/15/2015: Thank you Mentor Day – Create thank you cards for those who have mentored YOU. FREE thank you cards and mentoring matters t-shirts to decorate. Chaffee County Mentors staff office at Touber Building (448 E 1st Street Salida) 3:30PM until 5:00PM.

1/19/2015: MLK jr Day of Service. Join Chaffee County Mentors as we cook and serve a FREE meal at Creekside Gathering Place (203 Cedar Street Buena Vista) dinner will start at 6:00PM.

Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities. Quality mentoring relationships lead to a significant increase in a young person’s prospects for leading a healthy and productive life, strengthening families and, ultimately, our community. All of these factors are encompassed in the theme Mentoring Works! As we focus on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, we will share a simple message: Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters. Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know that they matter, and mentors frequently report back that their relationships make them feel like someone who matters in another person’s life.

Other important dates for this public awareness campaign include: •January 9, 2014: “I Am a Mentor Day,” when volunteers across our community and the country will share their stories about being a mentor on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters. •January 16, 2014: “Thank Your Mentor Day,” when we encourage anyone who has had a mentor to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters. •January 20, 2014: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, when our nation will shine a spotlight on volunteerism and inspire people seeking service opportunities to learn more about mentoring. National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and United Way Worldwide. 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. To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit

Chaffee County Mentors Program is committed to strengthening our community by connecting our young people to purpose and self-worth through positive one on one mentoring relationships. Chaffee County Mentors Program is modeled after Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Family & Youth Initiatives is a prevention division within Chaffee County Health and Human Services and is comprised of Nurturing Parenting, Chaffee County Mentors, Youth @ Crossroads, and the Community Partnership for Families. FYI’s mission is to ensure Chaffee County families are the “Safest, most healthy, and self-sufficient in Colorado.”
Please visit us at http://chaffeecountyfyi.org Contact: Name: Natalie Moore Tel: 719-530-2582 Email: nmoore@chaffeecounty.org

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