Cobb Mentoring Matters Program Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Cobb Mentoring Matters, our district’s school-based mentoring program, is celebrating National Mentoring Month and the great work that our mentors are doing.

This January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and Cobb Mentoring Matters is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults.

female with caption“There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor in real life,” said Maryellen Gomes, mentor coordinator for the Cobb County School District. “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social, and economic prospects for young people, and that ultimately strengthens our community.”

Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use, and other negative activities.

In a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

This same report found that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.

There are countless kids in our community who could benefit from having a mentor. As we focus on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, we will share a simple message:

Mentor IN REAL LIFE. Mentoring relationships are basic human connections that let a young person know that they matter, and mentees frequently report back that their relationships make them feel like someone is there to help them make the right choices in life.

Although January 21, 2016, is “Thank Your Mentor Day,” throughout the month we encourage anyone who has had a mentor to say thank you by sending a note, a card, or sharing a story or like us on our Facebook page at

To learn more about mentoring within our school district, email us at