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At the regularly scheduled board meeting of the Antlers City Council, City Mayor, Mike Burrage (pictured above), signed a proclamation declaring January National Mentoring Month for the City of Antlers.
This proclamation was to help recognize that our success depends on helping children succeed in school and reach their full potential in life, and realize that young people need a solid foundation of support that will help them become well-educated, confident and productive citizens of Pushmataha County.
Mentoring has been proven to be an effective strategy that helps both children and young adults by matching them with a caring, responsible adult who can provide guidance and direction while helping them build confidence.
Research shows that youth involved in mentoring are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to start using drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking alcohol.
Organizations, such as LDCAA Passport to the Future Mentoring plays an important role in our community. It does this by providing a safe, structured program for matching volunteer mentors with children in need in our community.
Mentors build character, encourage success, boost confidence, lift expectations and expand the universe of the child by serving as friends, role models, teachers and a source of stability during a critical time in a childâ€™s life.
Research shows that mentoring has beneficial and long-term effects on youth by increasing their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
Mentoring also strengthens the communityâ€™s economic and social well-being by helping our young people fulfill their potential while helping maintain healthy families and promoting more vibrant communities.
Over 70 of Antlers youth are in need of a caring adult mentor in their lives. Closing this mentoring gap will take more investment, partnerships and volunteers that are ready to make a difference.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Doris Long or Angie Smith at (580) 298-2921. You may also visit mentoring.org. This website provides an opportunity to search for mentoring opportunities by zip code or by state and also provides an alternate means of contacting the LDCAA Mentoring Program.