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According to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, children growing up in one-parent homes experience significant increased risk in areas of education, illegal activity, and suicide. In the Kansas City area, this makes up about 25% of the total number of school-aged youth (approximately 80,000).
Young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. They were also:
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
A wide range of support, including Mentoring Programs, is also available available through
United Way 2-1-1
- 2Connect Mentoring Program
- ACE Mentor Program
- Awesome Ambitions
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
- Boys Grow
- Boys and Girls Club or Greater Kansas City
- Boy Scouts of America – Heart of America
- Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
- HIKE Reading Coaches at Phoenix Family
- High Aspirations
- Higher M-PACT
- Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
- Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative
- Latinos of Tomorrow
- Lead By Truth
- Lead to Read
- Missouri Mentor
- One Heart Project
- Turn the Page KC
- Urban Ranger Corps
- Upper Room
- Tim Tebow Foundation Ministries
- HEMP (Small Business and Entrepreneurship)
- Kansas Services Children’s League (fatherhood and parent mentor)
- Literacy Kansas City (adult literacy)
- Mentoring 4 Success (Reentry)
- Missouri Mentor (helping those with disabilities)
- Score (Small Business and Entrepreneurship)
- Spark Lab (Small Business and Entrepreneurship)
- Tim Tebow Foundation Ministries (helping those with disabilities/cancers/orphans)
United Way is a great search tool for finding many resources including Mentoring Programs.
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