Our communities are in a state of emergency: Our children need us. If there was ever a time to put out a call to mentorship it is now. At-risk youth are in need of mentoring the most. Poverty, family disfunction, abuse, and family tragedy can negatively impact a child leaving them to feel lonely and abandoned. A mentor can help fill the void (never to replace a parent) in a child’s life by volunteering to spend quality time (activities, school work, encouragement) with them.
In a recent article featuring the legendary Susan L. Taylor, ex Editor-n-Chief of Essence Magazine, Susan discusses her new organization called National CARES Mentoring Movement, which is devoted to recruiting and connecting mentors to local mentoring organizations in order to help guide stuggling Black children to academic success. Susan also stressed the importance of African American men and women (emphasis placed on women) answering the call to mentorship. According to Ms. Taylor, “We have to look into the mirror and say this is our responsibility. We can’t rely on our beautiful white sisters and brothers to continue to take care of our children.” The goal of NCMM is to recruit 1 million Black people to train as mentors within their local communities.
Becoming a mentor is a serious commitment to a child but does not have to require an exhorbitant amount of time. The average time requested is usually at minimum twice per month, however another more time efficient option is online mentoring. Whichever you decide, becoming a role model to a child in need can be a very rewarding experience for both. Here are some resources to consider in your decision process: