Communities In Schools - Celebrating 15 Years Of National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Communities In Schools of South Central Texas is celebrating 16 years of the mentoring movement and 15 years of celebrating National Mentoring Month and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults during the school day.

“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.” Sonya Chapa, Mentoring Coordinator

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas is in need of YOUR help. We are in search of mentors to have a consistent relationship with students for a minimum of 30 minutes per week on a CIS school supported campus in the Comal, Marion, New Braunfels, and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School Districts.

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. Today, in our community there are hundreds of kids who could benefit from having a mentor.

National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in making a real life impact. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions.

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.

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit Communities In Schools of South Central Texas website at or call Sonya Chapa at 830.620.4247 ext. 12 for more information.

About Communities In Schools of South Central Texas

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas (CIS) is part of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. School-based site coordinators work with hundreds of partners to change the picture of education for thousands of students each year and connect students and their families to critical community resources tailored to their specific needs. This year CIS will provide services to over 25,000 students and intensive case managed services to over 3,000 students on 28 school campuses in 4 school districts and currently serving more than 200 alumni throughout the year. CIS programs and services make significant and positive differences in the lives of the community’s most vulnerable students. One way CIS receives year-round financial support is through the CIS Thrift Store, an entertaining and enjoyable way to support students in your community. All proceeds from the CIS Thrift Store (161 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels) directly benefit CIS programs and services make significant and positive differences in the lives of the community’s most vulnerable students. And when it comes to making sure children get exactly what they need to succeed in school and in life, we can never give up!


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