U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined a bipartisan resolution led by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Jan. 17 recognizing January 2019 as “National Mentoring Month” to raise awareness of the power of mentors to help young people determine their goals and reach their full potential. On Saturday, Jan. 12, Murphy hosted one of his regular pancake breakfasts with mentors, mentees and volunteers from Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut, Governors Prevention Partnership, and AmeriCorps to recognize National Mentoring Month.
The Jan. 17, Senate resolution recognizes the benefits of mentoring as well as mentoring programs, and volunteers who serve as mentors. The resolution also highlights the positive effects of young people who have a mentor. According to MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership, these benefits include students who are: 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college, 81 percent more likely to report participation in sports or other extracurricular activities, More than twice as likely to say they had a leadership position in a club or sports team, 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Since its founding in 1966, Nutmeg has offered its life-changing services to more than 68,000 Connecticut children in need. Based in Hartford, Nutmeg serves 132 of the state’s 169 municipalities. For more information on the organization, go to: www.nbbbs.org.