The MISSION of the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, Moody County & Yankton is to inspire enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month across the United States?
At the Boys & Girls
Club, at the heart of what we do is mentor youth and create a safe, positive
place with supportive adult role models to create hope and opportunity for
youth. At the Club, a supportive adult relationship is framed in many
ways, through many programs that we have at the Club. It may be informal
in the day to day operations of Club with a teacher playing a game of dodge
ball with you, getting you a band aid when you are hurt or helping you with
your math homework when it seems impossible. It can also mean youth
working with a teacher in our small group programs that focus on a variety of
topics, including self-esteem, making healthy life choices: mind, body and soul
or learning to persevere and learning in STEM programs. Lastly, it
could mean participating in our one-on-one mentorship program, where youth are
paired up with a teacher and they get together a minimum of once a week at the
Club to talk about what is happening in their lives, do projects together and
of course, have fun!
know that with a mentor, at-risk youth are:
o 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
o 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
o 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs
o 81% more likely to report participating regularly in
sports or extracurricular activities
o 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their
o 130% more than twice as likely to say that they hold a
leadership position in a club or sports team
out this video from https://youtu.be/kCNHCkgKqHc
and think about who mentored you, how did it help you be where you are today
and consider volunteering or mentoring a youth at the Boys & Girls Club or
in your community. BE Great!