Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings Thursday signed a proclamation naming January Mentoring Month. Witnessing his signing were Bedel Family YMCA development director, Andrew Fisher, and Kinship coordinator Melony Renze.
The proclamation states that Iowans from all walks of life serve as mentors to youth across the state, giving their time, talents and energy to improve the lives of all youth.
It also states that children and youth in mentoring programs greatly benefit from the guidance mentors offer. These programs help youth raise grades and boost their self-confidence, motivation and school attendance.
Mentors are also compassionate volunteers with broad areas of knowledge and expertise who serve as role models and build positive relationships with the young people of Iowa.
Mentors are also doing their part to improve the health and well-being or our youngest Iowans by helping them become productive, caring, engaged adults with an unlimited future.
The Iowa Mentoring Partnership works to increase resources dedicated to mentoring, promote quality standards for mentoring programs and expand mentoring opportunities tailored to the needs of all youth.
If you think you could dedicate one hour a week to help change a child's life, contact Renze at: (712) 330-9738 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.