The Christian Science Monitor presents: EqualEd – Want to help a child? Give them a mentor.

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The Christian Science Monitor presents:
EqualEd
TODAY’S TOPIC

Want to help a child? Give them a mentor.

What if there were one thing that would get kids to come to school, graduate from high school, enroll in college, play sports, and volunteer?

It’s called mentoring.

It’s not a trick or a magic bullet. It takes time and effort and tenacity, even when you’re sure you aren’t getting through, mentors tell reporter Stacy Teicher Khadaroo.

“There’s been many, many times that I’ve wanted to give up,” says Jamil Lott, who mentors three middle-school aged boys in St. Paul, Minn., while working full-time and getting a master’s degree. “But when things get so hard and you work through that, that’s when you really see those results.”

Mentoring is not a substitute for fixing systemic inequities in society. But when done right, it really can make a difference in a young person’s life. Silver Lining Mentoring in Boston pairs children in foster care with mentors. Having someone in their life who isn’t paid to be there is “pretty much everything,” says Rayne, who spent a decade in foster care.

Silver Lining says their careful pairing means the average relationship lasts almost five years. One young man has been with his mentor for 15 years – and counting.

“There’s nobody who remembers that awkward haircut he got in 7th grade except his mentor,” says Silver Lining CEO Colby Swettberg. “No one had pictures of him from his prom. It was his mentor who had all this stuff, who was the relationship historian, who could remember and talk with him about how he’s changed.”

We hope you’ll want to learn more – especially by coming to CityYear in Boston, or tuning in online – on Oct. 20 to hear students and mentors from Silver Lining and CityYear talk about mentoring and the effect one caring person had on their lives. // Yvonne Zipp

EQUALED EVENTS

Join us in Boston!

Join EqualEd on Oct. 20 for a free evening of discussion at CityYear headquarters titled “Mentoring Making a Difference.” Mentoring positively addresses many of the snares that trip up young people, including absenteeism, low academic achievement, and limited social networks.

EqualEd reporter Stacy Teicher Khadaroo will moderate a Q&A with leading expert David Shapiro. Then we will hear powerful stories of transformation from young people and their mentors. Mentoring groups, educators, city officials, and others concerned with youth opportunity will be in attendance.

Yes, save my spot! RSVP here. 

Those outside the Boston area can watch a livestream of the event here starting at 7:00 pm ET.

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