January, the gateway to the new year, is a fresh start for many throughout the world. As the ball drops on New Year's Eve and the clocks reset, we're given the chance to shed the previous year's struggles. This annual ritual marks a time to buy fresh calendars, set new goals, and revisit the one's we've conveniently ignored. Importantly it also gives us an opportunity to make new friends and foster our existing relationships. This must be why, in the United States, we recognize January as National Mentoring Month.
Since 2002, The Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, have overseen the campaign. It highlights the importance of giving back to our community's youth through mentoring programs. It was initially written into action during former president George W. Bush's tenure, carried over with Barrack Obama, and is now recognized by President Donald Trump.
It's no coincidence that 'Mentoring Month' aligns with Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King, an avid supporter of mentoring, gave his life for the betterment of his neighbor some forty-nine years ago. What our nation learned, from his example, brought waves of change. It called us to stand together in supporting equality. It showed the world just how capable of positive change we are, regardless of our beginnings. It also reminded us that we can't do it alone.
At YouthZone we encourage all teens and adults, both young and experienced, to become a Pals mentor. By committing a few hours of your week, and some of your life lessons, you can drastically improve the outlook of one of our community's youth. It's our duty, as adult and teen Pals Mentors, to guide our youth down the right path from the start. This is all thanks to YouthZone's Pals Mentoring Program.
Benefit from mentoring today. Become a Pals Mentor.
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To My Second Family on School Street -
Over the course of these
I have learned
the value of working
that genuinely cares for
has taught me so much about being a parent,
most of al
it has taught me to
That's why this
take the next necessary step
to full time
Nothing will ever take away from my time here.
I'll never forget
Starting as a case manager I learned that s
ometimes it was as simple as a public service project
like having kids
express themselves through art
to watch them
as a counselor
it would be the longest journey you could walk with someone
, tough days of counseling, the ups and
life would open
because of the
Those of us that have worked
each other have had a front row seat to families suffering and
even our own
. What I know for sure is that shame dies where stories are told in safe places. Together
we earned the right to care for each other and fami
lies by being present
where it was
Some of this pain was
trauma, addiction, abuse and suicide
as we made space
pain, stare it in the face,
a young person
and even gr
There are no
words to express the gift it
o sit with all of you
If you know me well you know that one of my favorite quotes is
"The Man in the Arena" by Theodore Roosevelt.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who
points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
always be a part of the
family in some capacity.
connected to this family, know
a worthy cause.
celebrated so many
birthdays, funerals, illness
, babies being born and children leaving our nests,
life transitions with...either as your
or supervisor it has been the greatest honor to be in the arena with yo
aring, fighting and standing up for those that need
o know they matter.
s life capable of
hearing their pain.
not living a purposeful life, I don't know what is.
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