When you do something great, it grows whether you like it or not. Isn’t that true of all the “accidental” successes. If it’s great, it grows. When kids know they are great, they grow. They prosper. Our kids want to be well. They need that reference point – “I am valued. I am loved.” to succeed.
But that’s not the state of our schools.
In 2007, I attended a mentoring conference in Nashville. What I learned was shocking. But it shouldn’t really surprise anyone – the breakdown of the family is the biggest issue facing our nation.
This moral collapse of the family has left children vulnerable with no real place to turn. Our society places a high value on education. “Do well in school and you will succeed.”
But that’s not entirely true. Kids need more than reading, writing, and arithmetic.
We’ve forced our schools to add moral training, character development, personal grooming, social skills, standardized testing preparation and much more to their curriculum. We’ve asked our schools to take over. But it’s not working. An institution can’t replace a relationship.
Programs which were used for a minority of children 50 years ago are now necessitous for large populations within the district, straining the purse strings and temperaments of those who can now only fantasize about simply teaching core subjects.
Teachers and administrators must be trained to deal with an increase in drug abuse, violence, and bullying, as well as current strategies to prevent excessive truancy and drop out rates.
Enough is enough!
My life’s work for the past 10 years has been to attack this problem at its core – to help kids realize they are “valued and loved.”
IAM4kids Mentoring was born out of my desire to find workable solutions to this growing crisis. Developed as a one-on-one mentoring program, operating in conjunction with the Lawrence County, Tenn. school board, this program gave our community the opportunity to affect positive change in our kids’ lives.
In our 10 years of operation, we’ve helped hundreds of kids find their value and change for the better. Through the willingness of individuals to give a little time and money, children are responding and lives are being changed for good.
I want to help your community have similar or better results. I work with school boards, school, parent/teacher organizations, community groups, pastors and their churches to bring real change to communities through mentoring.
I offer consulting packages for helping you get a mentoring program started in your community or school. Please contact me to discuss your mentoring needs.