FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tabor Engages Volunteers with Public Awareness Campaign, IN REAL LIFE

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CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
TABOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES ENGAGES VOLUNTEERS WITH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, IN REAL LIFE

DOYLESTOWN, PA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is celebrating 15 years of the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adult volunteers by sharing In Real Life stories and raising funds for the Adolescent Caring Fund.

Mentoring relationships are defined by the connections made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real life decisions, empower them to make smart choices and put them on a path to success.

“The focus of our public awareness and recruitment campaign is to incite inspiration and support by highlighting the impact mentoring has on both the mentee and the mentor. Supporting the Adolescent Caring Fund will ensure that our real life mentoring relationships are thriving, impactful and life changing for our youth who are ‘aging out’ of child welfare,” said Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.

“Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large part due to National Mentoring Month.  Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Nykea Alvarez-Macey, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.

Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use.  In turn, these young people are:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor.  This year, Tabor is encouraging the public to become involved in making a real life impact by participating in the following events, public awareness and social media campaigns:

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January 1st-31st  – You can make a charitable contribution to Tabor’s Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month!

January 1st-31st – Tabor will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring, sharing In Real Life stories and recruiting volunteer mentors. To learn more and get involved visit Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.

January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day – A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor mentors have reflected on their experiences and Tabor will be sharing their comments on  social media and the Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has mentored is encouraged to share their experience on social media using #MentorIRL.

January 17th is International Mentoring Day and Tabor will host the annual Lehigh Valley Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Yanni’s Taverna in Bethlehem, PA.

January 25th – Tabor will host our annual Bucks County Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Villa Barolo in Warrington, PA. *Please note the date change from the 12th.  

On the 17th and 25th volunteer mentors will come together for these private events to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor will also be awarding a mentor with the Mentor of the Year Award. Pictures and video footage from the events will be shared on Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.

January 19th – #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have had real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Tabor will be releasing special thank you announcements through social media and their Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has had a mentor is encouraged to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.

January 31stInterested in learning more about becoming a volunteer mentor? Join Tabor for a Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 to learn more about the benefits of becoming a mentor. Register for the event by contacting  Rosaleen.Holohan@tabor.org.

 

About National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

About Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is non-profit community-based child welfare organization. Providing services to approximately 1,400 children annually throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, Tabor is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.

Founded in Doylestown 109 years ago, Tabor’s vision has led to a rich history of serving children and families in need and now serves as a multi-service community-based organization providing in-home child and familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent programs, life skill training and mentoring.

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit Tabor.org or our Mentoring Blog. Visit us on Facebook @TaborServices.

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It’s National Mentoring Month #INREALLIFE!

 

National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide, culminating each year with the National Mentoring Summit. The campaign was launched by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

This year’s theme will reflect on the past 15 years of National Mentoring Month, real life mentoring relationships that have been formed and are thriving, and the incredible impact mentoring has had.

THE CAMPAIGN

January 2017 marks Tabor’s adolescent caring appeal and public awareness and recruitment campaign, In Real Life. Tabor will be focusing on raising funds for youth who are preparing to  “age out” of child welfare and on to independent adult lives, as well as sharing our In Real Life stories to inspire mentors and highlight the impact mentoring has on both the mentor and the mentee.

January 1st-31st you can make a tax deductible contribution to our Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month! Your charitable contribution will provide our “aging out” youth with motivation & success!

Our youth “age out” of the child welfare system and on to independent adult lives each year. We help them through this process as a traditional family member would.

Charitable contributions directly impact their future success by  providing them with mentor relationships, life skill training, educational assistance and housing resources.  Your support motivates our youth and prepares them  for  success as independent adults who will lead positive and productive roles in community and society.

Make your secure online charitable contribution in honor of National Mentoring Month here:

Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund

January 1st-31st we will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring programs and recruiting volunteer mentors!

January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day and we will host our annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner. Our volunteer mentors will come together to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

January 19th- #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. We will be releasing special thank you announcements from our mentees!

Be sure to visit us on Facebook here: @TaborServices

 

Tabor Mentoring Showcased on Local News!!

This is a great opportunity to meet our Lehigh Valley Mentoring Specialist, Nykea Alvarez, with one of her mentor matches. News Channel 69 WFMZ-TV, serving Eastern PA and Western NJ, interviewed Nykea this past weekend for National Mentoring Month. The clip is only a few minutes, so it won’t take up too much of your time. If you have been tossing around the idea of becoming a mentor, it is definitely worth a watch!! Click the link below:

Tabor Mentoring Program Interview

For more information on becoming a mentor in the Lehigh Valley, please contact Nykea Alvarez at (610) 739-0524 or email at Nykea.Alvarez-Macey@tabor.org.

For more information on becoming a mentor in Bucks County, please contact Kate McHugh at 215-348-4071, x259 or email at Kathleen.mchugh@tabor.org.

Meet Tom B.!

To continue our salute to our incredible mentors for National Mentoring Month, we have yet another fantastic Tom to spotlight as one of our 5-year mentors!!

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Tom B. is an Environmental Consultant, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, and now lives in Bucks County with his wife Barbara. The couple has 2 grown children in their late twenties, who also live/work in the area. Tom is currently matched with his 3rd young man through Tabor. He also mentored 2 others directly through Bucks County Children & Youth prior to joining Tabor’s program. Here a little about Tom’s experience:

1. What were you expecting it to be like?
“When I first entered the program I thought I could bestow my wisdom and experience on others sort of as a teacher. I had been a scout leader for many years and I thought I might be able to turn my focus to children that needed a helping hand. What a sense of self-importance I had!”

2. Did your experience match what you expected? In what way?
“My experience was not quite completely opposite of what I was expecting but definitely went in a different direction. My mentees were generally independent youths that thought they knew what they wanted to do, but needed a nudge here and there in their thinking. Not so much my telling them what to do, but more getting them to look at it in different ways so they could weigh the options.“

3. What is something that surprised you/or that you were not expecting?
“I was often surprised at the reaction or misperception of who I was and my role. The mentees have (so many) people in their lives – Tabor counselors, county case workers, etc. The mentees thought I was a paid person like their counselors. One day, while waiting for my mentee to get ready, I got to talking to one pair of foster parents who asked me which county office I was out of and whether I got overtime for the afterhours work. They were surprised to find out that I was a volunteer doing this for the fun of it!”

4. What is something you want the readers, new mentors, or potential mentors to know?
“I think this program has a lot to offer. If nothing else, it teaches through example and anecdote how to interact with people, govern themselves in public, and think about the repercussions of their actions. My first mentee told me about a situation in high school where he was convinced he had to have it out with another student. My mentee was 18 and the other student was 17. He wasn’t buying my points that violence doesn’t solve anything, but he paid attention when I told him he is now an adult and could be charged as such; that woke him up and taught him a little self-control.”

5. Anything else you’d like to share?
“If I could offer one piece of advice it is don’t get discouraged and do not expect praise and exaltations from your mentees. I have had several matches and I did not see immediate results despite all my efforts. In addition, many of these children have been in the system a long time and may have a jaded view of life. So they sometimes see the mentor as just another adult passing through. My hope is that at some point in the future, they will be in a situation and remember my advice.”

Meet Tom S.!

In honor of January being National Mentoring Month, today’s post spotlight’s one of our awesome 5-year mentors, Tom S.!

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Tom S. is a proud father of 4 and grandfather of 2, who currently resides in Chalfont with his wife of 38 years. In addition to working full-time in healthcare sales management, Tom has happily served as a mentor to 3 of Tabor’s young men over the past 5 years. I contacted Tom to ask him a few questions about his experience as a Tabor Mentor:

Why did you initially get involved in the Tabor Mentoring Program?
“I was laid off in 2009 and looking to give back for my family’s good fortune, so I answered an ad in the Intelligencer.”

What were you expecting it to be like?
“I was uncertain what to expect, other than helping a youngster.”

Did your experience match what you expected?
“Yes and no. I found that he (my first mentee) learned to expect me to help him. But I also learned from him…. it was amazing to me how he dealt with adversity. He has overcome all kinds of adversity… foster care since the age of 4, multiple high schools, homeless for a winter, and yet he now has a decent job and lifestyle.”

What is your most memorable moment?
“At a Phillies game! We sat in the upper deck of right field, but by the end of the game, we were touring the stadium. The attendant behind home plate let us watch the last inning in the reserved section!”

What is something you want the readers, new mentors, or potential mentors to know?
“You will provide more help than you can imagine and you will learn as well.”

 

Is there something you would like to know from our mentors? Comment/reply with your questions and I’ll ask!

Happy Thanksgiving

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It is this time of year that we either automatically, or are eventually prompted, to consider the good in our life. I would like to think that we remember to be grateful all year round. I know that’s not realistic. Life gets in the way and things become so hectic sometimes that we can barely remember our own name. Regardless of how crazy our lives can become I LOVE that, at least around Thanksgiving, we stop to reflect on the positive.

This Thanksgiving, and all year round, I am thankful for so much! I am thankful for my incredibly flawed & wonderful husband. I am thankful for our furry, cat family. I am thankful for good friends. I am thankful to not only have a job that pays my bills, but one that makes me feel like I’ve found a home. I could go on for quite some time, as I have a lot in my life to be thankful for, but I’ll spare you the unending list.

The thing that the Tabor Mentoring Program staff, and the young people that we serve, are thankful for is all of the amazing men and women who volunteer to be mentors. We wish all of you a fantastic holiday!

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Happy Anniversary!!

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Tabor’s Mentoring Program just celebrated its five year anniversary!!

The mentoring program has many goals associated with the youth involved, goals such as: increasing self-esteem and decreasing risky behavior. The overall goal of the program, however, is to facilitate a genuine, lasting relationship between the mentor and mentee. Since its inception, Tabor Mentoring has produced over 60 traditional mentor/mentee matches. Many of these mentor’s and mentee’s are still in touch, showcasing the success of the overall goal and the program.

Tabor Mentoring is proud to acknowledge its mentors. These individuals, who volunteer their time and their friendship, are truly what this program is built on. We literally could not have a program without our incredible volunteers. We thank you all for everything you do for our program and for our youth! We are excited to celebrate each of you at our annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner on January 7th for National Mentoring Month! Save the Date!

Tabor Mentoring is honored to specifically thank three active mentors who have been with the program since 2010: Tom B., Joe S., and Tom S. Each of these men is currently matched with a young man, this being his second, or third match in five years! They have weathered the beginning stages and steps of developing mentoring relationships, and maintained the friendship to the closing of each match. Then they asked to be re-matched, stating that they believed they had gotten more out of the relationship than the youth. All of them are still in contact with former mentee’s. Additionally, they have also weathered the beginning stages and steps of the program, and stayed with us as the program grew and developed. They still attend monthly in-services, often offering words of wisdom, advice, and experience to new mentors. These men will be honored at our Mentor Appreciation Dinner for ‘Five Incredible Years of Service’ with Tabor Mentoring. Again, “We Thank You!” Upcoming blog posts will spotlight our five-year mentors!

Although we are proud of all of our wonderful mentors, we are looking for great people to join our team! We currently have a waiting list of young people hoping to be matched with a mentor. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass along our information.