January Focus:  MentoringIcon

January is National Mentoring Month! Godman Guild is kicking off our year-long “Stand Up! 2017” campaign by focusing on the important role mentors play in the lives of youth.

We’re partnering with the Columbus Idea Foundry to host an innovative mentorship experience for teenage youth and adults, as well as a community round table discussion on mentoring. Both activities take place on Monday, January 23rd at the Columbus Idea Foundry.

Take Action

Thousands of young people in central Ohio need a mentor. You can make a significant difference in the life of a youth by volunteering as a mentor, becoming an advocate for our community’s children and learning more about the research-proven importance of mentoring. Find out more about how to participate below.

This Month’s Stand Up! 2017 Events

Mentoring Activity

Date: 1/23/17
Location: Columbus Idea Foundry, 421 W State St, Columbus, OH 43215

Mentors and mentees will work together to complete a project that involves learning new skills in electronics, practicing team work, and developing problem solving skills.

Individuals who aren’t currently engaged with Godman Guild as mentors are invited to participate in this opportunity to gain more experience working with youth. Space is limited. Individuals may have to complete a phone interview with Godman Guild prior to participation.

Click Here to Register for the Mentoring Activity

Check out the video above to see the “useless box” mentors and mentees will build together.

Community Round Table

Date: 1/23/17
Time: 6 PM
Location: Columbus Idea Foundry, 421 W State St, Columbus, OH 43215

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of the powerful role mentors can play in a young person’s life. Leading the discussion are Keisha J. Hunley-Jenkins, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Director Mentoring & Student Initiatives at Columbus City Schools; and Marlo Coleman, Coordinator of the Columbus Mentoring eXchange.

Click Here to Register for the Community Round Table

Discussion leader, Keisha J. Hunley-Jenkins, J.D., Ph.D.

At The Guild

The Columbus Mentoring eXchange matches adult mentors with youth in middle and high school in a community-based, career mentoring program. Youth enrolled in the program receive one-to-one mentoring while increasing their knowledge of 21st century careers. Through this program, youth are more hopeful for their future, more resilient to overcome obstacles, and more prepared for academic and career success.

For more information about becoming a mentor, contact Marlo Coleman, or by calling 614.294.5476 x105.

Did you know?

Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track:

High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007)
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. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Recurring behavior problems (Thurlow, Sinclair & Johnson, 2002)

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. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

For more resources and information on mentoring, visit MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership

This Month’s Partners

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