1000 Mentors Initiative
The need for mentoring programs in our community is indisputable. Over 30% of all children in our country live in households headed by a single parent, a rate that has doubled over the last 45 years, and locally we see the majority of children ages 15 to 19 live in either a single-parent or nonfamily household. Additionally, nearly 5% of the Tallahassee area population aged 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school or part of the labor force.
It is vitally important for the future of our community to help our young people find the inspiration to better their lives; and to be held accountable for when they choose apathy, delinquency, or inaction. The youth of our community need guidance, encouragement, and support to dream bolder, and reach higher than they may think is possible.
The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for both individuals. Having a mentor has been shown to lead to increases in high school graduation rates, lower high school dropout rates, improved interpersonal skills and stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers.
In order to facilitate these positive outcomes in the lives of our young people, Mayor Gillum is seeking to recruit a cadre of 1,000 men and women who are willing to serve our community by volunteering at least one hour of their time, at least once a week, to meet with a mentee. There are many organizations in our community in need of volunteers to mentor youth, and we must do all we can to ensure they have the support they need. We cannot sacrifice our young people to a generation of hopelessness, and mentors can play a special role in helping to motivate and inspire others.
To stand up and commit to helping to inspire a young person:
Organizations in search of mentors:
- Register your organization by emailing Akhenaton Thomas.
- Provide a link where people can learn more about the mentoring opportunities you offer
For more information about the Mayor's mentoring initiative please contact Akhenaton Thomas at (850) 891-8181.