Many of us in Northside know that kids are struggling. Many lack the support needed to live well. Since 2007, Cincinnati Urban Promise (CUP) has been working with Northside families to foster a stronger sense of community and provide opportunities for a brighter future.
One of the ways this is achieved is through the mentoring program. CUP’s mentoring program utilizes a small group, minimal mentoring model where groups of three youth meet with one adult mentor for one hour per week in a positive, neutral setting. This style of mentorship differs from other programs that require mentors to pick children up from their homes, take them out for activities, and often invest financially in the relationship. This can cause burnout, which is bad for both mentors and kids.
Mentors meet with students one hour per week and are not required to make any financial investment during shared time. This practice has seemed to reduce burnout, and the stability of a relationship has kept mentors committed and students flourishing.
In Northside, many kids would benefit from a loving relationship with a mentor. Mentoring has been shown to decrease the likelihood of skipping school by 52% and to decrease the likelihood of drug use by 46%. Mentored students are 33% less likely to commit acts of violence. Having our youth involved in mentoring would change our neighborhood for the better.
For the 2014-2015 school year our goal at CUP is to see 45 Northside students involved in our mentoring program. We will need an additional 8 mentors to make this happen. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming a mentor please contact us.
For more info:
Cincinnati Urban Promise, 4139 Kirby Avenue, 45223, 513-255-5582 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check us out on the web at www.cincyurbanpromise.org or on facebook at www.facebook.com/cincyurbanpromise.
By Joni Brandyberry