Riverview School District

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Superintendent Dr. Anthony L. Smith Proclaims January
National Mentoring Month in the Riverview School District

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Dr. Anthony L. Smith, Superintendent of the Riverview School District issued the following Proclamation during that evening's School Board Meeting:

WHEREAS, the Riverview School District honors caring adult mentors who support young people by showing up for them and demonstrating their commitment to helping them thrive; and

WHEREAS, mentoring programs like Youth Success! Mentoring, a program of Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, in the Snoqualmie Valley, make our communities and our state stronger; and

WHEREAS, quality mentoring promotes healthy realtionships and communication, positive self-esteem, and growth of a young person; and

WHEREAS, students who meet regularly with their mentors are more than 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school, and youth who face an opportunity gap and have a mentor are 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor; and

WHEREAS, youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using drugs, and 27 percent less likely to start drinking; and

WHEREAS, two-thirds of adults consider it highly important for young people to have mentors, and that same population estimates that only a quarter of youth have the mentors they need; and

WHEREAS, nearly 9 in 10 feel that more mentoring is needed in our country; and

WHEREAS, almost half of today's young adults report having a mentor in their youth and those rates appear to have been rising steadily over the past several decades, and

WHEREAS, National Mentoring Month is the time of year where engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor is highest and an opportunity to celebrate, elevate, and encourage mentoring exists in communities across the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dr. Anthony L. Smith, Superintendent of the Riverview School District, do hereby proclaim January 2019 as National Mentoring Month in the Riverview School District.