We speak with parents and family members daily and are asked for a magic potion. How do we improve school attendance, academic achievement, promote responsible decision making, and provide skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially and at home? Hmmm…. let's take a step into the lab and see what we can whip up.
Sorry, not that easy. BUT Horizons4Girls does have a proven solution. In our 6th school year of providing Certified Mentors to students throughout Sheboygan County we are able to brag about our 100% high school graduation for students that stay engaged in our programming. We are proud to celebrate with other mentoring programs --- January as National Mentoring Month.
Training that includes Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice, Probational & Parole, Trauma Informed Care. Poverty Simulations, Mindfulness, AD/HD, Suicide Prevention, Autism, Motivational Interviewing, Strengthening Families, SBIRT, Art of Counseling, PBIS, Animal Assisted Therapy, Cooking Matters, 40 Development Assets all help a 100% volunteer staff as they work with 'at promise' middle and high school youth.
This is done by caring adults as they develop relationships with our youth. They express care by being present and warm. They commit time and energy to the students showing interest and being dependable. The mentors challenge growth, inspiring youth and expecting them to stretch while staying within limits that are set. Mentors provide support while they encourage, guide, model and advocate our youth. Mentors share power with our youth, showing respect, giving them voice, responding to them and collaborating with them. And finally, mentors expand possibilities, helping youth explore, connect and navigate.
Mentors come from many walks of life, some college students, some retired, working weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Mentors are trained and have an option to pursue certification. Sound interesting? Whether interested in mentoring, or referring a student to the program, visit horizons4girls.com. Take that step….be a hero, be a mentor. Remember, someone probably took the time and was a mentor to you!Char Pachniak