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Aug 12

Mayor Challenges Residents to Mentor HSE Students

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on August 12, 2016 at 1:42 PM by Blog Admin

As part of Fishers’ mental health task force, Mayor Fadness is challenging 50 residents to join the effort to provide support to local students through Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI). YMI is a school-based mentoring program that pairs adult volunteers with HSE Schools students for a semester at a time. Mentors meet with the students for one hour each week during the school day.

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“YMI is a volunteer-based organization that provides a critical network of support for local students,” said Mayor Scott Fadness. “In Indiana, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 and it’s clear that we need to proactively reach out to assist our youth in any way we can as a community.”

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The need:

-          600 HSE students grades 5-12 are identified each year who would benefit from having a mentor

-          76 percent of students who had a mentor for more than a year said they felt better about their future

-          37 percent of HSE students grades 7-12 report having no sense of hope

Students who have been through the YMI mentorship program experience:

-          Increased self-confidence and an improved sense of self-worth

-          A better understanding of accountability and social responsibility

-          Improved communications skills, particularly in identifying and dealing with emotions

-          Academic improvement and healthier social interactions with peers

If you’re up for the challenge, attend a one-hour information meeting to learn more about YMI’s mission, mentoring opportunities and how you might be able to support YMI programs in Fishers.

Upcoming Info Meetings:

Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Community Church
13097 Allisonville Road

Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Community Church
13097 Allisonville Road

To help us track our progress in meeting the Mayor’s Challenge, please mention “Think Fishers” if you decide to pursue mentoring opportunities though YMI.