NORTH COAST - January is National Mentoring Month and at Arcata City Council's meeting Wednesday night, members will recognize the importance of mentors.
The city of Arcata is working to support the mentoring movement and improve children's odds for success. Research shows that young people matched with a caring adult who has good mentoring skills are less likely to skip school, use illegal drugs, and start drinking. Both Big Brothers and Big Sisters and The Boys and Girls Club say, the future of Humboldt county rests on the success of it’s youth.
“National Mentoring Month is not only an opportunity for us to thank those people in our lives that have been mentors, but to also bring attention to the fact that, how much mentoring and more mentors are needed. To hopefully inspire people to come forward and support programs such as ours, that improves the lives of children in our community," said Christine Miller, Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the North Coast
"I think, just the ability to thrive is based on nurturing. And for people, to be able to say, that they care about you, and that they believe in you, and that's the main reason. You've got all these kids that are lost, and questioning and suffering from horrible self-esteem. So to have one adult that can say, wow, you can do it. That's huge. That's life changing," said Liz Smith, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods