1/27/2011:

Remember that free Christmas Gift Wrapping in Hoboken back in December? Well, it was sponsored by TRUE Mentors, and there is more to that than you think! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, January 29, 2011!

Hoboken Youth to Adult mentoring program

On Saturday, January 29th, TRUE Mentors will celebrate its launch at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club (123 Jefferson St.) from 3pm to 6pm with a party including pizza and games geared toward the 5th through 9th grade mentees. Hoboken-area sponsors, including A&P, Ben & Jerry’s and Molfetta Pizza, have donated food and prizes.

TRUE Mentors is a one-to-one mentoring program matching youth with mentors to create positive role-model relationships. TRUE Mentors has begun the process matching adult mentors and 5th through 9th-grade mentees based on shared personal interests. These mentor/mentee pairs will connect either through their own schedule of activities or by participating in workshops and events provided by TRUE Mentors, including classes in music, acting, cooking, photography, as well as sports and recreation. The classes, held at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club, are designed to expose youth to a variety of interests and create opportunities for engagement and personal growth. The program will continue to grow throughout the year with plans to include 10th through 12th-graders starting in September.

“Mentors guide us, cheer for us, help us understand our own potential,” said Susi Tully. “We want each child in Hoboken to experience that and we see one-to-one mentoring as one of the strongest ways to make it happen.”

“The Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to building strong kids and families in our community,” said Gary Greenberg. “We are happy to host TRUE Mentors and create opportunities for our kids to connect with engaged adults in the Hoboken Community.”

Mentoring has proven to help decrease at-risk behavior in teens and create a positive influence. With a mentor:

  • 62% of students improved their self-esteem;
  • 52% of students skipped less school;
  • 49% of students got into less trouble in and out of school;
  • 45% of students reduced their substance abuse.

More information, including applications for mentors and mentees are available at the Boys and Girls Club or at truementors.org.