FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2021
Brenley Kroeker, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SASKATOON AND AREA CELEBRATES NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH WITH CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS THE BENEFITS OF MENTORING AND NEED OF MENTORS IN OUR CITY
Saskatoon, SK – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults by raising awareness all month long by sharing stories of the benefits and need for more mentors in our city.
“Young people need connection at this time from caring, supportive, and unconditional relationships with caring adults. National Mentoring Month allows us to focus on this need. Please consider becoming a mentor today.”– Kim Megyesi, Executive Director
Research shows that mentors 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 behaviour 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 one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. Today, in Saskatoon and Area, there are 96 kids who could benefit from having a mentor.
National Mentoring Month is the time of year where engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor is highest. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in real life. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions.