Here's a question worth considering.   Are you passionate about making a real difference by getting to the root of your community’s problems?

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Kids Really Are The Future

If you are, Forge Youth Mentoring (FYM) is ready to help provide the path in helping you to invest in connecting generations through mentoring to strengthen communities and change lives for generations to come!

The Forge Youth Mentoring website presents the quote that describes its mission:

Every child who ends up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. The Science of Resilience, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Just A Little Time Can Make A Big Difference For A Child

Forge knows young people are struggling to establish their worth and identity and to find their purpose in life.  Without caring adult experience and guidance, that struggle can lead to bad choices with destructive consequences.

According to Parentology, some of the problems facing kids today include:

1. Acceptance

2. Stress

3. Depression and Anxiety

4. Self Harm

5. Bullying

6. Desensitization

7. Sex

8. Disrespect

9. Trust

10. Motivation

Now imagine all the kids who don't have anyone in their life to help and encourage them, to share wisdom with them, to help them develop a unique personal identity, experience new opportunities, and get a bigger, broader perspective on where their potential might take them.  That's where Forge Mentors come in and that could mean YOU!

In life, If you can dream it, you can do it, but some kids can't even get to the dream...but mentors can help.

Backlog Of Need For Life-Changing Mentors

Right now Forge has 30 kids waiting for mentors and the qualifications to become one is to commit to an hour a week to participate in activities based on common interests, as you form an inspiring and trusting friendship.

If you want more information you can find Forge Youth Mentoring on Facebook and online.  If you know a child between the ages of 7 and 18 who would benefit from a mentoring relationship, speak with their counselor or contact YFM at 509.374.7657.

And tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 you could drop by the Stone Church in Yakima, 3303 Englewood Ave. and check out "game night" and meet some program participants.

Forge Youth Mentoring representatives Kimberly Gunvaldson And Todd Kleppin shared the back story, mission, and current need on the radio this morning.

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