Beaumont, TX (PRWEB) January 14, 2014
January is National Mentoring Month, and Quality Mat would like to encourage everyone to reach out to a local organization and volunteer a few hours of their time to mentoring a child. While Quality Mat specializes in interlocking mats and ground protection mats, they also sponsor a variety of organizations in and around Southeast Texas that have a focus on mentoring.
What are some of the benefits of mentoring?
What seems like a few hours to a mentor can change a child’s life. Millions of children are in need of a mentor. In fact, the Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters has shown that adolescents who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to begin drinking. This study has also shown that 40% of a teenagers waking hours are spent without adult supervision.
Mentoring provides young people with a role model, companionship and so much more. It can also help children stay in school, improve a child’s self-esteem, set career goals, and understand the importance of education.
Why should someone become a mentor?
While there are many benefits for mentees, there are also a number of benefits for mentors! Every young person should have someone in his or her life, and every child is someone who matters. Mentoring can bridge generation gaps, and spending time with a mentee is an investment in the community’s future.
Quality Mat Company sponsors some amazing organizations for mentoring, including CASA Advocates for Children, Garth House, Young Life of Southeast Texas, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Texas, Boys Haven, Girls Haven, Teammates for Kids, Family Services of Southeast Texas, and more!
NationalMentoringMonth.org is encouraging mentors and mentees alike to take part in events throughout the month, including sharing stories about mentoring on social media, using the hashtag #MentoringWorks. Creating social change starts with one child at a time. Start mentoring a child today!
About Quality Mat Company
Founded by Joe Penland in 1974, Quality Mat Company is one of the largest producers of ground protection mats. The community is an important part of Quality Mat, and the company is involved with a number of organizations and charities in and around Beaumont, Texas.