Mentoring at its core guarantees a young person that someone cares and wants to help them.
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Why we serve: Community Need & Impact.
Why do kids need mentors?
Mentoring, at is core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Community Need: 1 in 3 young people need a mentor.
More than 1 in 3 young people, an estimated 16 million nationally, need an adult mentor. This includes 9 million at-risk youth who need mentors to help them reach their full potential. However, due to a lack of volunteers, there are still many students waiting for formal mentoring relationships.
Jackson County Statistics: Georgia Kids Count 2017 ( Georgia Family Connection)
14.8% of our students are living in poverty in Jackson County
80% of 9th grade students reporting perception of negative risk with alcohol consumption
21.2% living with a single parent
9.4% are affected by child abuse or neglect
1 in 8 teens have thoughts of suicide
Lindsay's Legacy Mentoring was started in 2004/2005 by a handful of caring citizens working through Jackson County Family Connection. It was named in memory of Mr. Jack Lindsay. In March of 2012, Lindsay's Legacy Mentoring Inc. was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In July 2019, Legacy Youth Mentoring became a program of Jackson County, Jefferson City, and Commerce City Schools. The systems hired Mentoring Coordinator, Lisa Stephens, to manage, grow and support mentoring initiatives in their schools. The non-profit, Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring, Inc. will continue to champion the mission of Legacy Youth Mentoring by providing financial resources to recruit, support, train & sustain the mentor/mentee relationships.