Speakers tell importance of mentoring

WARREN – The Warren YWCA offers various programs where local youth receive assistance from mentors.

To help train more individuals to be mentors, a “Making the Connections” community mentor training and workshop was held recently at the YWCA as part of National Mentoring Month.

Anthonie Jackson, president / founder of NXT Youth Development, offered training for those who have a passion for mentoring teens and young adults. The class focused on the benefits of effective mentoring.

Jackson said mentoring aims to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.

Jackson said research indicates that adults who mentor youth often learn how to make sense of, and come to grips with, their own experiences as teen-agers and that strong relations help them to revisit how they felt as teen-agers and how they coped with their own youthful challenges.

While there are various types of mentoring, from one-on-one, team, group and peer, mentoring programs help improve a sense of health and well being, enhance self-image and self- worth, add feelings of having gained deeper insights into one’s own childhood experiences, and offer deeper understanding of and appreciation for one’s own children

Kenya Roberts-Howard, executive director at the YWCA, said various events are coming up at the YWCA for the public:

A community open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13, where people can find out about programming, supportive services and resources available to help strengthen communities;

Martin Luther King Dream Team Fine Arts Council will hold parent and youth sessions, youth engagement and youth-led activities 10 a.m. Feb. 15;

Seekers of True African History, 11 a.m. March 1 with the organization composed of individuals interested in learning about and sharing the truth concerning African American history. There will be vendors, selling books, clothing, jewelry, many workshops, peformances and speakers. Call Orneill Heller at 330-307-6098.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team is holding a fundraiser, Thirty One Gifts, on April 26.