Letter: Consider Becoming a Mentor

To the Editor:

January is National Mentoring Month, and it’s another opportunity for you to consider becoming a mentor to a youth who needs a caring friend in his or her life.

Windsor County Partners is a mentoring program that has successfully matched adults with youth in our area for over 38 years. Research has shown that children who have a mentor can show great improvement in self-confidence, social relationships, school success and motivation to set and achieve their goals.

As you think about important adults in your life, what differences did they make to you? I am forever grateful for people who helped me through the years by caring and encouraging me along the way. Wouldn’t you like to be remembered as a person who reached out to a young person and made a big difference to her or him?

The prospect of spending about two hours a week or six to eight hours a month with a young person may seem daunting at first. But we have found that the time is easy to fill with the various free or reduced-rate activities offered by many organizations, or just by hanging out doing something you both love to do. Adult mentors find they receive at least as much as they give to these special relationships, and this could be true for you, as well.

January is a great time to set new goals for the year. I hope you will consider becoming a mentor as one of yours. Please contact Kathy Kinter at 802-674-5101 or visit our website, www.WCPartners.org, for more information.

Megan Culp

Mentor and Board Member, Windsor County Partners

White River Junction

Kathy Kinter

Executive Director, Windsor County Partners