Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Merits of Mentoring

Mentoring can have a monumental impact on a young person's life. According to Mentoring.org about 40 percent of a teenagers’ waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentoring can reduce this percentage significantly while yielding many benefits ranging from support in school, support in their day-to-day lives, all the way up to help in the workplace.

Researchers from Big Brothers Big Sisters conducted a study of 950 students across the country on the impact of mentoring. The results were astounding; they proved just how effective mentoring can be on a young person. After spending 18 months with their Bigs, the Littles (compared to students not in the mentoring program) were 52% less likely to skip a day of school, and 37% less likely to skip a class. They also found the Littles to be more confident in their schoolwork.

Mentors can play a significant role in the mentee's life as a major support system with their day-to-day lives. According to mentoring.org, Youth who meet with their mentors on a regular basis are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol.

A mentor is a person for the mentee to go to when they need someone to talk to or someone to go to for advice. The mentor is someone that can help improve the mentee’s communication skills by helping them relate to all types of people. Mentee’s often have a higher self-esteem after having a mentor because it shows the young person that someone cares about them.

Mentor’s are great for advice when trying to enter the workforce or trying to move up in the workplace. Do you remember when you tried to get your first part time job? Was it easy to find a job? Did you know exactly where to look and how to apply? Were you scared or maybe nervous for your first interview? Now we might have no problem with any of these things, but if we look back to our first time, it was probably very overwhelming for most of us, especially for those who didn’t have a mentor or someone there to give them guidance.

Having a mentor is like having a “how to” guide. The mentor can teach the mentee how to find and keep jobs. The mentors can use personal contacts to help the mentee find new opportunities and create new contacts. They can also introduce the mentee to business resources and organizations that the young person does not know about. Mentors are also great at helping the mentee set career goals and steps to achieve those goals.

Mentoring is a great way to help a young person get on the right path to having a successful life and career. Mentoring can yield many benefits from school, day-to-day life, to the workplace. For more information about mentoring and its benefits visit bbbs.org.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Fun with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Hey Big Brothers and Big Sisters; need some new ideas for the summer other than just taking your Little to the park? Mix up your destinations this summer with one (or all) of these five fun places you can go to with your little around the St. Cloud area:
To Summertime by George!
Summertime by George is a free concert and festival held every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. down by Lake George. The festival will include music, vendors and a kid’s zone, so everyone can have fun. Summertime by George Begins on June 10 and will run until Aug. 26.Consult the complete schedule and plan ahead for a fun night with your Little every Wednesday.

To the zoo!
Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! Take your Little to see all the animals at the zoo. There are two zoos you can check around the St. Cloud area. The first is Hemker Park and Zoo located in Freeport. The other is Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls.
To the art studio!
Is your Little an aspiring artist? Let them explore their creative side at Art As You Like It, conveniently located in Waite Park. The art studio offers walk-in sessions and classes for pottery, painting, glass fusing and canvas painting.
To the bowling alley!
Have fun bowling spares and strikes with your Little at one of two different bowling alleys this summer. You can head on up to Sartell for bowling fun at Great River Bowl, or stay in the area at Southway Bowl in St. Cloud.

To the library!
Every Little should learn the joy of reading. The Great River Regional Library is a great place to start. Get them their own library card and help them keep track of the books they check out to read. The libraries also host fun activities that can be found on their event calendars.Find a participating library near you and start reading with your Little this summer.

There are many more creative activities to take part in around St. Cloud than local parks or public pools. Try something a bit different and experience something new with your Little. From Big Brothers Big Sisters, have a fun and exciting summer with your little!