I’m Rudabeh Shahbazi and I’m excited to be working on Mentoring Matters; an important CBS4 initiative that recognizes the importance of mentoring in our community.
Mentoring a child can change your life – and theirs.
Mentors encourage, guide and make a positive impact. Studies have found the more at-risk the child, the more profound the impact.
Children who have suffered trauma and abuse, children who grow up in families with substance abuse or domestic violence, children with a parent in prison, or are impacted by deployment, death, divorce or abandonment – kids such as these are at a significant risk of dropping out of school, getting pregnant, substance abuse, delinquency and even suicide.
But the time and attention provided by a caring mentor can and does make a huge difference in a child’s life. Mentoring Matters!
If you are a mentor and would like to share your story with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill was recently reunited with his mentor, Jim Fowler from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Now, Magill has become a mentor to others.
Watch our full special on Magill and his mentor Jim Fowler below.
Research has found that students who meet frequently with a mentor are 52-percent less likely to skip school and 46-percent less likely to start using drugs. Mentored students are also 55-percent more likely to enroll in college and 81-percent more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities. Mentoring can also improve a child’s health, literally. University of Georgia researchers found African-American kids who have the emotional support of mentors did not share the same elevated risk factors as their peers for a range of chronic illnesses.
The advice and help from a mentor can make all the difference and help kids succeed in school and in life.
For the mentors – it’s a way to pay it forward! Be a listener, a guide, a friend because every child should have someone to turn to.
Helping children succeed in school, develop healthy relationships, avoid negative behaviors that lead to substance abuse, delinquency, and worse — that is the true power of mentoring.
Mentoring not only impacts children’s lives, but those of everyone connected to that child — the child’s family, the child’s classmates, the mentor, the mentor’s family, the future employer and family of the child and the ripple effect can go on and on.
Here’s a list of mentoring organizations for more information and to become a mentor today.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Mentoring Resource Center
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
- Broward County Public School District: Youth Mentoring Program
- Women of Tomorrow: Mentor & Scholarship Program
- Honey Shine
- Take Stock In Children: Miami-Dade and Broward
- 100 Black Men Of Greater Fort Lauderdale
- 100 Black Men Of South Florida
- Hispanic Unity of Florida (Broward)
- Sister Circle Mentoring Program
- After-School All-Stars South Florida
- Educate Tomorrow
Become a mentor today because Mentoring Matters!