January 2017

January is National Mentoring Month!

In This Issue
The Benefits of Mentoring

It's hard to believe that the month of January has flown by so quickly!  During the first month of the year, we always celebrate National Mentoring Month - a time when we reflect on what mentoring has meant to us in the past, as well as what it means to the young people at YouthZone who are currently being mentored through our Pals Program. 
Through the YouthZone Pals Program, both kids and adults are offered an opportunity to create lasting friendships through mentoring.  Pals is a voluntary, one-on-one mentoring program that focuses on providing young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, positive role modeling, and activities. Volunteer mentors are 16 years of age or older and youth in the program can be from K-8th grade. Both volunteers and youth go through a thorough interview and our mentors are all screened and trained. A mentor match is made according to activity interests, personality traits, individual likes and dislikes, and location.
So why would someone consider mentoring?  The results of mentoring relationships are astounding!  For example, consider the following statistics:
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. 
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. 
  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. 
  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. 
January also provides us with a time to thank our current mentors for their time and dedication.  Here is a big THANK YOU  to all of our mentors:

Teen Mentors:
Liz Acosta
Estefania Galaviz-Aguilar
Brandon Benzel
Maddie Bolitho
Tess Lang Burns
Lindsey Busk
Teresa Busk
Kylie Crawford
Dani DeCrow
Atlanta Ellison
Jessica Feese
Mariah Hagan
Lillie Harden
Audrey Jones
Savannah Kelley
Lily MacCachran
Delcid Marquez
Alexis Olmedo
Maija Petterson
Alex Trejo
Sarah Vicks
Ismael Villegas

Adult Pals Mentors:
Paula Busk
Tyler Desiderio
Merle Detweiler
Zabdi Fuentes
Luz Galaviz
Susan Goldberg
Jeanine King
Terri Knob
Kara Kochenberger
Fabian Lujan
Connie Minter
Libby McNeill
David Rippy
Mary Rippy
Michaela Fiore-Ruger
David Stampfl
Kendra Wilson
Chelsea-Anne Yepello
Chili's Night for YouthZone - February 21!

Dine at Chili's anytime on Tuesday, February 21 and Chili's will donate 15% of the day's sales to YouthZone!

Shop Online and Help YouthZone!

Do you shop online?  If you do, there is now an easy way to shop at your favorite retailers and allow for a percentage of your purchase to be donated to YouthZone.

There is not added cost to you - simply sign up at Giving Assistant here.  Once you've registered, you'll earn up to 5% cash back - a rebate - that you can elect to donate to your favorite charity ... YouthZone!

Check out this quick (and rather cute) video to learn more!
Recent Donors and Supporters

Thank you to the Glenwood Springs Baptist Church youth group, whose members used their own money to go Christmas shopping for YouthZone! they donated $100 of office supplies and Walmart gift cards!

We also thank the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund for their recent donation of $1,000!