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Take part in National Mentoring Month at North Tahoe, Truckee

Peggy Martin
Special to the Sun

This January, our country will celebrate the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring programs to connect our community's young people with caring adults.

In real life, who do you turn to? Nine million kids in America are growing up without an answer to this question. They make everyday choices that lead up to life's big decisions without enough guidance and support — the kind most of us count on.

Every kid should have someone to turn to. According to a recent report, kids you have a mentor were also:

• Are 81 percent more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.

• Are 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

• Are more than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

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This same report found that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

Join our movement to connect every young person with a mentor. With 16 (10 boys) children on the wait list in Truckee and North Tahoe, mentors are always needed. For more information, email peggy@bigsofnc.org or call 530-587-7717.

And, be sure to join Truckee and North Tahoe in celebrating National Mentoring Month:

January 14: "I Am a Mentor Day," when volunteers across our community and the country will share their stories about being a mentor on social media using #MentorIRL.

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, when our nation will shine a spotlight on volunteerism and inspire people seeking service opportunities to learn more about mentoring.

January 21: "Thank Your Mentor Day," when we encourage anyone who has had a mentor to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.

Peggy Martin is Community Development Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe. Visit bigsofnc.org to learn more about becoming a Big.