DearColleague.us

Letter

Betty McCollum

From the office of:

Betty McCollum

From: The Honorable Betty McCollum
Sent By: rebecca.taylor@mail.house.gov
Date: 1/29/2014

Support Kids

Support Your State

  Join the House Mentoring Caucus for National Mentoring Month

 

Dear Colleague:

In honor of National Mentoring Month, we invite you to join us in supporting youth mentoring by joining the House Mentoring Caucus.  The Caucus works to ensure that Members of Congress are familiar with the numerous positive impacts that high-quality mentoring can have on the lives of young people.  We work in a bipartisan collaboration to promote policies and legislation that will enable mentoring programs to grow and more effectively serve young people in our communities.

A growing body of mentoring research demonstrates that formal, quality youth mentoring programs successfully reduce negative outcomes and promote positive ones.  Children with a mentor stay in school longer, have better health outcomes, and engage in fewer risky behaviors.  The most recent research demonstrates that for every dollar invested in effective mentoring programs, there is a return of nearly three dollars to society.  This positive return on investment reflects projected increases in lifetime earnings gained by supporting at-risk youth in their development into productive adults, and dollars saved through reduced juvenile delinquency and crime, improved school attendance, higher high school graduation rates, and lowered risk of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

Despite this encouraging research, we continue to face tremendous demand for caring mentors. There are nearly 18 million young people who could benefit from being matched with a screened and trained mentor, but only about 3 million of them are currently in a formal mentoring relationship. This leaves a “mentoring gap” of roughly 15 million youth who need a mentor but do not have one.

To help close this gap, the House Mentoring Caucus works to raise awareness, recruit more volunteer mentors, and increase mentoring partnerships among local government, businesses, and community and faith-based organizations.

As the co-chairs of the Mentoring Caucus, we express our gratitude to all Americans who give their time as mentors, and we are happy to provide you with more specific information on mentoring programs in your state.

Please consider joining the House Mentoring Caucus and supporting the positive development of young people in your district.  For more information or to join the Caucus, please contact Rebecca Taylor (Rep. McCollum) atrebecca.taylor@mail.house.gov, 5-6631; Shannon Brown (Rep. Rogers) at shannon.brown@mail.house.gov, 5-4872; or Brit Moller (Rep. Davis) at brit.moller@mail.house.gov, 5-2040.

Sincerely,

Betty McCollum                      Mike Rogers                            Susan Davis

Member of Congress              Member of Congress              Member of Congress