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 youth mentor program provides the opportunity for adults from our community to be matched with young people who need or want a caring, responsible adult 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 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, get involved with Breakaway’s youth mentoring program. Contact us today — a child is waiting!