Try Mentoring This January
President Barack Obama has proclaimed January 2012 as National Mentoring Month. This year’s theme is “Invest in the Future. Mentor a Child.” National Mentoring Month was established in 2001 to raise awareness of the various forms of mentoring. It is dedicated to recruit individuals in the community to mentor and thank those that have already committed to make a difference through mentoring.
Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Programs are supporting this national effort by celebrating the success of hundreds of mentor-student relationships in Lincoln and Minnehaha County. To heighten awareness and to give people a chance to try mentoring, LSS will host three “Try-It” sessions in January. Events will be held on January 13 from 11:45-12:45 at Garfield Elementary, on January 19 from 11-12 at Discovery Elementary and on January 20 from 11:20-12:20 at Horace Mann Elementary.
Adult volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with a local student. Participants will complete a project and eat lunch with students who are in need of a mentor. The event is a sample of what a volunteer would do should they choose to apply to become a mentor with the School-Based Mentor Program.
Last year, more than 56,000 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide. In addition to the Mentor Program, core services offered by LSS include adoption, pregnancy counseling, foster care, childcare, disaster response, consumer credit counseling, residential services for youth, refugee and immigration services, affordable housing, and mental health counseling. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services. LSS is licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.