Today, in America, there are more than 14 million youth under 18 who are defined as “at risk” (of not reaching a productive adulthood). They face a relentless assault of negative influences which often result in drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, poor academic performance, violence, even death.
The Chattanooga Mentor Initiative (CMI) is a youth mentoring program that matches caring and responsible adults from the community with young people who need positive adult relationships in their lives.
Every child should have the opportunity, confidence, character and support needed to lead a safe, healthy and productive life. They have a right to expect a fair chance to develop their talents and apply their energies in order to successfully contribute to society. However, their communities are often bereft of role models.
One source indicated that 44% of Chattanooga male youth do not have a positive male figure in their lives. Studies consistently show that the best hope for young people comes from mentoring. If you’d like to start making a difference in the life of a young person, apply to become a mentor with the Chattanooga Mentor Initiative or contact Breakaway Outreach about starting a youth mentoring program in your area. Contact us today — a child is waiting!