Nonprofit Spotlight: The Importance of Mentors


When you were growing up, did you have an adult in your life you could turn to when you needed advice or support, or someone you could count on for companionship and fun?

If you answered yes, you might also consider where you would be today without that person.

They probably had a big impact on your development, whether you consciously realize it or not.

A trusted adult in the life of a young person is the number one preventative factor for future high risk behavior, according to social science professionals. Local nonprofit Partners in Routt County (PRC) serves youth facing challenges in their life through mentorship. Each young person is matched with a highly vetted mentor, who acts as a trusted friend, advocate and role model.

Despite all the obstacles in the past year, PRC has had 16 new partnership matches. The organization is grateful to all of the Routt County community members who have stepped forward to make a difference in the life of a young person, but they still have a waitlist of 14 kids who need a mentor and report that that list is growing all the time.

Mentoring and youth partners meet for a couple hours a week either virtually or outside, depending on what each participant is comfortable with. Mentors and mentees enjoy activities like virtual baking, FaceTiming, watching movies, going to the hot springs pool, skiing and snowboarding.

The youth on PRC’s waitlist are adventurous, curious, adaptable and eager for a mentor. If you’ve been looking for a way to help in the community, PRC urges you to reach out to see if this volunteer opportunity would be a good fit.

Please download an application and email Erin Miller, Mentoring Programs Director, to get started.

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