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Volunteers needed for local program that helps local youth have successful futures

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Goodwill of the Great Plains is now taking applications for adults to mentor local teens in need. Goodwill's® GoodGuides® youth mentoring program helps area youth succeed by overcoming disadvantages and avoiding delinquency.  The effort is part of a national program that helps teens finish school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults and peers.

"Goodwill has a long history of helping people find work," said John Hantla, Goodwill of the Great Plains President and CEO. "A crucial part of that history is making sure that families have the resources they need to be successful. GoodGuides can help keep at-risk youth on the right path, stay away from trouble and move toward a better future. That's good for everyone involved."

In 2013, Goodwill of the Great Plains paired 132 young people with mentors in the Sioux City area. GoodGuides mentoring helps youth plan for their lives, graduate from school, and prepare for post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adults mentors. It targets youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disabilities, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership.

Mentors spend 4 hours per month for one year with mentees, either one-on-one or in a group setting. Youth learn to be responsible, honest, and open while building a trusting relationship with mentors. Through a partnership with Women United, GoodGuides mentees' have attended college campus visits, engaged in fun activities with their mentors, accessed more extracurricular activities, and lived more stable lives.

"Through GoodGuides, we are offering expanded mentoring services to the youth in our community," said Gary Fuentes, Goodwill Youth Services Coordinator. "Goodwill is recruiting, training and supporting volunteer mentors to engage youth in promoting their career development and life skills."
If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor or know of a youth who would benefit from this program, please call Chelsea Fisher, GoodGuides Program Manager at (712) 224-1320.

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