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Release: January is Mentoring Month in Federal Way

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2011


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Chris Carrel
Communication and Grant
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253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057

January is Mentoring Month in Federal Way

The Federal Way City Council has declared it Mentoring Month in Federal Way with a proclamation presented to Communities in Schools of Federal Way at the January 4th City Council meeting. National Mentoring Month is held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States.

“With a large population of at-risk youth in our schools, mentoring is essential to giving all our students a chance to succeed,” said Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest. “We can’t be a successful city if we aren’t successful educating our children.”

Students who are mentored have higher academic achievement, better behavior in school and have better social skills than their non-mentored peers. Youth with a mentor are 47% less likely to start using drugs, 27% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school. (From the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Impact Study, 1996) The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention lists drug and alcohol use and lack of commitment to school as two major risk factors for youth delinquency.

“Mentors can be the difference for a child between staying in school and dropping out,” said Councilman Roger Freeman, himself a mentor. “It’s about giving kids belief in their future.”

Communities in Schools Federal Way matches mentors with at-risk youth in Federal Way Public Schools. Volunteer mentors give an hour a week to role model appropriate behaviors, have fun, and help their mentee set goals and create a plan for the future. The local nonprofit currently has 25 students on the waiting list for a mentor.

Call CIS Mentor Program Manager Doug Baxter today at 253-528-0847 for more information on how you can help mentor a student in one of our local schools.

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