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 mentoringmatters@cbs.com


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.



Click here to see all of CBS4’s Mentoring Matters segments



Click here to read and watch CBS4’s Special Mentoring Matters: Operation Peacemaker


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.



Become a mentor today because Mentoring Matters!

Click here to see all of CBS4’s Mentoring Matters segments