One hour a week can make all the difference in a child’s life.

One hour a week can make all the difference in a child’s life.

New youth mentoring program seeks more volunteers to meet growing demand

You only need an hour a week to make a difference in a child’s life

Looking to make a meaningful impact this year? Just one hour a week of your time could help change the course of a child’s life and provide them with the stability and meaningful connection they need to thrive.

Hope Mentoring is looking for reliable mentors for their new program in Granite Falls and all it takes is an hour a week.

In collaboration with LINC NW and Change the Narrative, the Boys and Girls Club in Granite Falls is hosting weekly Hope Mentoring sessions for youth in the community. Once a week, kids meet with their individually matched mentors and have their choice of a number of activities at the Boys and Girls Club. Some kids simply want to sit and talk, others enjoy crafts or board games and some use the time to shoot some hoops.

“Having the Boys and Girls Club as a facility to host these Hope Mentoring sessions is really unique and provides a safe place for these kids to open up to their mentors,” says Crystal Bogue, Mentor Coordinator at LINC NW. “They have so many options for how they spend that time and really benefit from the relaxed, casual feeling environment the Boys and Girls Club provides.”

Hope Mentoring is currently welcoming new youth and new mentors at their Granite Falls program, and signing up is easy for those interested.

Find more information here on how to sign up as a mentor.

Kids interested in finding a mentor need to be members of the Boys and Girls Club – the fee is $35/year but those facing financial obstacles are welcome to reach out as assistance may be available. Once members of the Boys and Girls Club, youth enjoy access to the gym, various school year programs, sports and summer camps.

“An hour a week really can change the course of a child’s life and we find that kids who have had mentors often end up being mentors in the future,” Bogue says. “So the positive impact you make on one child often has a domino effect for the community as a whole.”

Make all the difference in a child’s life by becoming a mentor today and know that by giving an hour of your time, once a week, you’re helping kids feel connected, safe and a little less alone in the world.

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