January is National Mentoring Month. The One-to-One program at Mesa County Partners pairs adult role models with at-risk youth while providing a variety of structured activities and support. The commitment is minimal. Three hours a week for one year. However after that year you are welcome and encouraged to continue your commitment to your "junior" partner.
I have been a senior partner in the program now for over 4 years. Over that time I have worked with my partner to teach him how to run a "Down and Out" (football lingo), how to swim, we have climbed Mount Garfield, gone backpacking in Canyonlands and hiked the Grand Canyon. We play Xbox, I help him with his homework and am a sounding board when he has problems at home or questions about girls. I wanted to make the commitment because I knew that I easily waste three hours a week of my time catching up on Mad Men or Breaking Bad... I could rather invest that time into the life of a kid and teach him how to be a man. It is the way I chose to give back for all that I have been given.
There are close to 100 kids, mostly boys, on the Partners waiting list. These boys need positive, committed men to influence their life and show them that they matter. I want to personally encourage you to step up and make that commitment in the life of a child.
Call Blake at Partners to find out more, 970-245-5555 or http://www.mesapartners.org/
-Ryan Cook, Mesa County Communications and Josto's Senior Partner