By LaShawn Timmons, Falls Church Mentoring Coordinator
January 2016 celebrates the 14th annual National Mentoring Month. Created in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month, “focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.”
Throughout this month, the City of Falls Church is urging the community to educate themselves about mentoring and how you can become a mentor. Within the City’s 2.2 square miles, there are two mentoring programs that you can get involved in.
RISE (Respect, Integrity, Self Esteem, Encouragement)
Targeting high-school teens within the City of Falls Church. The RISE Mentoring Program strives to help improve academic performance, self-esteem, and social aptitude. Through a consistent and goal-oriented relationship, mentors and mentees will complete school assignments, practice social and life skills and participate in recreational activities. Each youth in the program voluntary participates. This community-based program offers flexibility and a unique opportunity to provide fun and guidance.
Targeting 6th – 8th grade students within the City of Falls Church. 1-2-1 Mentoring program focuses on both academic’s and social skills. This site-based program provides activities, homework help and one-on-one time that allows mentor/mentee to connect in a structured environment. Meets every Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Mentors are provided with an in-depth initial training, plus ongoing support and training from a dedicated mentoring program staff. Our programs have a full family participation and support.
Want to make a difference in your community? Start with making a difference in one life. FOr more information contact LaShawn Timmons, Falls Church Mentoring Coordinator at 703-248-5233 (TTY 711).