You don't need special skills to become a mentor to a young person in your community you just need an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement. And now is a great time to get started, as January is National Mentoring Month, which first began in 2002.
Potential mentors are being encouraged this month to begin offering their services in their local communities, in schools, at faith-based organizations, in local businesses and even through the Internet.
To get started or to learn more about different opportunities in these different settings, visit mentoring.org, which is maintained by The National Mentoring Partnership, one of the key non-profit organizations involved in National Mentoring Month.
The organization provides free resources for those looking to get involved, as well as information on how to start a mentoring program.
Not only does working with young people help them to achieve academic success, it also can lead them to make responsible decisions in different facets of their lives, say experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership.