The efforts of adults who mentor youngsters will be celebrated during an event Tuesday.
Mentor Me North Georgia will present its annual Magic Moments Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
With the theme “Bright Futures Ahead,” the breakfast will honor the organization’s adult mentors who are matched with students in need of a little extra adult support, as well as the success of their mentees.
A highlight of the event, which is open to the public and costs $15 per person, will be the presentation of this year’s male and female mentors of the year. Special donors will also be recognized.
Anyone planning to attend should contact the Mentor Me office, at (678) 341-8028 or Sylvia@mentormenorthga.org, by the end of the day Monday to register for the event. Payment can then be made at the door.
Lynn Jackson, a past chairwoman of the Mentor Me board of directors, said mentors provide a valuable service to not only the children to whom they are matched, but also the community as a whole.
“Mentors play a key role in helping so many children stay on the right track to becoming successful adults,” she said. “They do fun things with their mentees, like going to movies, parks and sporting events. But, most importantly, they become friends who can develop healthy relationships with the children.
“Mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child and that can lead to a positive impact on the entire community.”
According to information from Mentor Me, national statistics show that children involved in one-on-one mentoring are less likely to start using drugs and alcohol or to skip school.
Additionally, mentored girls are less likely to become pregnant, and all children in mentoring programs demonstrate increased self-esteem, self-confidence and show improvement in academic performance and behaviors.
Founded in 2002 as a class project of Leadership Forsyth graduates, Mentor Me North Georgia has helped more than 800 children since then.
Besides one-on-one mentoring relationships, the nonprofit also sponsors an afterschool program providing homework assistance to children, and Kick It Up clubs in middle and high schools to help students at risk of not graduating on time.
“With the help of volunteers and donors, we are helping to make the future brighter for children and enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community,” said Sylvia Cardona, executive director of the organization.
“We hope everyone with an interest in children will support Mentor Me by attending our Magic Moments Breakfast.”