Many successful people have had mentors. Oprah Winfrey had a teacher who believed in her. Mike Wallace had a family friend who reminded him often of his worth. Gloria Estefan looked up to her grandmother who paved the way for a life of possibility (President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2009). Chances are you have had a mentor too. Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as: “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person” (2015). Having a mentor can play a vital role in an individual’s success. Contrastingly, not having a mentor or positive adult role model can substantially hinder a young person’s ability to achieve their full potential.
President Obama has acknowledged this by creating the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which urges communities to take part in improving the lives of at-risk youth (2014). Although this is a new initiative, it is not a new concept. In fact, Tabor’s Children’s Services got its start from community outreach. In 1907, members of the community in Germantown, Philadelphia noticed many children spent their days in the streets. These community members got together and provided these children with an education. Later, Tabor opened a home for orphan children in Bucks County. Over 100 years have passed and Tabor continues to support children and their families with a variety of services.
Tabor Mentoring Program is currently expanding to support youth in Lehigh County. Much like “My Brother’s Keeper,” this program is looking to community members, churches, and corporations to provide mentoring to our youth. Wouldn’t you like to have a hand in creating tomorrow’s leaders?