Thursday, February 18, 2010
Stand in Line to Perish in Packs!
Stand in line, Perish in packs!17.6 million young people are considered high-need for mentoring
Only 2.5 million adults currently volunteer as mentors
15 million young people are still waiting for mentors.
71% of mentors work informally, with no assistance from an organization.
29% of mentors work formally, with assistance from organizations.
There is a huge need for mentors and mentoring programs, as the statistics above display, there are 15 million children still waiting for mentors. These 15 million children are deemed high need for mentoring. This means that they come from broken homes with fractured families, they struggle with dealing, with the complexity of society, and they are confused with the messages from the media. Based on the belief that for young people to have productive lives and become resilient they must have certain needs met. They are:
• The need to belong
• The need for mastery
• The need for independence
• The need for generosity
If those needs are met students will demonstrate certain behaviors and attitudes, such as:
• Takes Responsibility
• Self Discipline
All of which are the characteristics of a productive citizen, there are two sure ways that young people learn. Young people learn by mistakes and by mentors, we want them to learn from our mistakes and the only way to make sure this happen is by mentoring. We are responsible for directing our youth in the right direction. We need to become involved with youth mentoring, by donating goods and services, recruiting others, sponsor group outings and activities, or simply taking an interest in the life of a young person. This is a major issue that has an immediate effect us and that will continue to affect us for years to come. We cannot afford to sit back and watch 15 million children, stand in line to perish packs.
What can we as instructional designers do to help close the gap, created by a lack of community involvement in youth mentoring programs?