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 County Board Declares January 2020 Mentoring Month

​The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday declaring January 2020 National Mentoring Month. The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, San Diego County is home to many caring adult mentors who support young people by showing up for them every day and demonstrating their commitment to helping them thrive; and

WHEREAS, mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County make our communities and our state stronger; and 

WHEREAS, quality mentoring promotes healthy relationships and communication, positive self-esteem, and growth of a young person; and

WHEREAS, students who meet regularly with their mentors are more than 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school, and youth who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor; and 

WHEREAS, youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking; and

WHEREAS, two-thirds of adults consider it highly important for young people to have mentors and that same population estimates that only a quarter of youth have the mentors they need; and

WHEREAS, research shows that 44% of adults are not yet mentoring but are willing to consider it; and 

WHEREAS, mentoring is poised for growth; 18- to 29-year-olds are more than twice as likely to cite having had a mentor in their childhood than those over 50; and 

WHEREAS, almost half of today’s young adults report having a mentor in their youth and those rates appear to have been rising steadily over the past several decades, and

WHEREAS, National Mentoring Month is the time of year where engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor is highest and is an opportunity to celebrate, elevate, and encourage mentoring in communities across the country; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Board of Education does hereby proclaim January 2020 as National Mentoring Month.