From Harford County Government:
Each year the Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy celebrates mentors, mentees, and program coordinators with the Kids C.A.N. (Caring Adult Network of Mentors) program. On Wednesday, May 11, the 2011 celebration was held at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Bel Air with more than 150 people in attendance. Participants enjoyed games, food, and entertainment while honoring Harford County mentors.
Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship between a caring adult and a young person. A mentor serves as a wise and trusted friend and guide, a source of encouragement, a positive role model, and a developer of talents whose overall goal is to help a young person succeed. Mentors do not need any special skills; just a willingness to be there and offer support and guidance.
“The value of a good mentor is immeasurable,” stated Beth Hendrix, Director of the Department of Community Services. “Mentors serve to positively influence a young person in academics as well as in social and mental development, while helping to prevent youth risk behaviors.”
The primary mission of Kids C.A.N. is to promote mentoring in Harford County and to identify and provide opportunities for caring adults to help young people succeed in life. Currently Kids C.A.N.:
-Assists more than 30 mentoring programs;
-Provides a one-hour training session for mentors;
-Matches mentors to mentoring programs that best suit their interests, time, and talents;
-Coordinates opportunities for mentors to network & learn new skills; and,
-Recognizes mentors for their commitment to our youth.
Kids C.A.N. is sponsored by Harford County Government in cooperation with the Harford County Board of Education. For more information and to learn how to become a mentor, call 410-638-3333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.