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Research has shown that the single most important factor for building resiliency in children who face the highest risks is a long-term, consistent relationship with a caring adult.

Circle of Friends was created to serve those children in the Sisters community who lives would be positively impacted by a mentoring relationship.

Research conducted locally, in 2010, determined that 5 – 10 children annually enter the Sisters Schools without the skills to succeed in their life’s journey.  A mentor can be the key to changing this story.

Thirty-two children in the Sisters community participated in Circle of Friends during the 2016-17 school year.  Thirty-five volunteer mentors were committed to making sure each one of these children had a reliable, consistent, caring adult to help guide them on their journey.

At any given time, there are 5-10 children who are waiting for a new “Friend.”

There are 46 million young people ages 8-18 in our country and 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor.  That’s one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don’t have a trusted adult in their lives who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance.  And, 9 million of those young people face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track.

Learn more about at-risk youth:  www.acestoohigh.com

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring, at its core, 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. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.