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January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. A mentor guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.   

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, bullying.gov to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying. Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.
 ICC’s Crossroads Program provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming; .
 

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Mentors can make a big difference to any child, but especially a child whose parent is not around. Children of incarcerated parents are at a greater risk of financial instability, emotional distress, and problems at school. It is important for these children to maintain a healthy, positive relationship with their incarcerated parent to reduce these risks. There are many mentor programs geared toward helping children of incarcerated parents by providing them with an adult role model. Contact Pathway to Services at 301-354-4908 for more information about programs for children of incarcerated parents in Montgomery County. FYI

“White House, OJJDP Hold Listening Session on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents”: A session was held to discuss mentoring strategies and honor 12 “Champions of Change” for their work with children of incarcerated parents.

Community Bridges Girls Program encourages at-risk girls to work with mentors to develop confidence, healthy relationships, and leadership skills. Call 301-585-7155 to learn more or to get involved.

July is Make a Difference to a Child Month

Children rely on mentors to help them grow and develop into strong, smart adults. The small action of a peer, teacher, parent, or other role model could make a big difference in the life of a child. All youth, including at-risk youth, special needs youth, pregnant/parenting teens, and children of incarcerated parents, could benefit from a mentor/buddy program offered through Montgomery County. Training sessions and volunteer opportunities are available. Programs aimed at supporting such youth include One-on-One and group mentoring programs, as well as advising  and tutoring programs. These services are available to Montgomery County children and young adults, and to those looking to be a youth mentor or program volunteer.

Contact Pathway to Services at 301-354-4908 for more information.


FYI-Programs in our Community                                                                  City of Rockville Mentoring Program: This program recruits volunteer mentors to meet weekly for one hour after school with elementary children in City of Rockville schools.   

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

The Child Welfare information Gateway offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities. The Montgomery County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 240-777-4417, investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect to ensure the safety of children and help families stay together. These services are available to Montgomery County residents: (Abuse/Violence Prevention) (Support for Abused Children) (Parenting Skills Classes) FYI Tip Sheets from the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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