Children in Need of Mentors
One of the Superintendents in my district contacted me a while back to help him with an issue. At least 250 students in the Kansas City Public School District had signed on to be a part of the mentorship program. These kids and their families wanted a mentor in their lives. But there was a problem, the school district didn’t have enough mentors from the community to pair with the students who asked for one. More than half of the students on the list who are waiting for mentors are young African American and Latino boys.
I was saddened that so many children needed a void filled in their lives. These boys are looking for someone who cares about them, to spend time with them.
I vowed to help the Superintendent to make sure that children in need of mentors are able to find them.
On Sept. 20, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Penn Valley Community College Education Center in Kansas City, Missouri, I will attend a special event hosted by the Kansas City Public School District just for that purpose…to talk about the need for mentors in our community.
Statistics show that 55 percent of those who have a mentor are more likely to enroll in college and 78 percent are more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities, according to a survey called the Mentoring Effect on www.mentoring.org.
It is vitally important for the community for children to have guidance. Young boys and girls, need guard rails and we need mentors who will step up to be those guard rails to steer young people in the right direction.
There are so many mentors in my life who have supported me, including my father. I do not know where I would be without them. We need to be there for the next generation.
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress