Resolve to help others

CIS needs mentors
Jan. 03, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

To the editor,
Each year since 2002 the nation has observed National Mentoring Month in January. Created by the Harvard School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month highlights the vital role that mentors play in the success of young people and invites adults from all walks of life to consider their own potential to participate in that success.
It may be coincidental, but it is no less significant that National Mentoring Month occurs during a period of time when many people are resolving to improve various areas of their lives. January is a time for fresh starts and new outlooks. It’s a collective acknowledgement that change is not only possible, but often necessary.
Lots of New Year’s resolutions are inward promises to do better and feel better but this month, Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County is asking you to consider turning your focus outward. We’re asking you to think about creating personal change by serving others. Mentoring is a perfect outlet to do just that.
Mentors inspire young people to stay in school, believe in themselves, and look forward to bright futures that aren’t impeded by a negative self-image or outside influences. Mentors offer guidance and facilitate a few moments of childish fun for kids who might be dealing with very adult problems.
This month, take advantage of your chance to grow as a person and achieve your New Year’s goals by helping a child grow and achieve their own goals and dreams.
If you can’t be a mentor, help facilitate the mentoring relationship for others in your community by making a donation to Communities In Schools or telling a friend or neighbor about the program.
We all have a responsibility to the students who are in need in Lexington and Davidson County because those students are the future of this community. Their success is our success. When they win, we all win.
Call 242-1520 or visit www.Communities today.
Ryan Jones
Community Resource Coordinator
CIS of Lexington/Davidson County

To the editor,
“Stop criticizing, upgrade yourself.” -Consensus
The recent tragic events in Newtown, Conn., spur much controversy over how and why our communities continue to suffer such horrendous acts of violence.
The debate over guns, video games, and mental healthcare rage on and the talk mostly leads to criticism of the other side and more talk. There are many unknowns when it comes to these tragedies and many people want to prevent this from happening in their own backyards. By focusing on what we know, we can come together as a community to make a difference. We know that when a child is shown love and support they are the better off for it. We know that some families cannot or do not provide the love and support for their own children to succeed in life. This is where you as a community member can put your concerns into action. There are currently 118 students in our own county who seek a mentor to help them achieve in life. You can be that person. You can make a difference in your community.
Make your New Year’s resolution for 2013 to become a mentor through Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County.
Mark Smith