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Mentoring Initiative

Governor Phil Bredesen's Mentoring Initiative pairs teenagers in foster care with volunteer mentors who help the foster children learn to build trusting relationships with stable, positive adults.

Research shows that mentoring can have a significant impact on the lives of young people as they prepare for adulthood. According to a 2000 study conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America entitled "Making a Difference," pre-teens and teenagers who participate in a mentoring relationship are:

* 46 percent less likely to start using drugs
* 27 percent less likely to get into a fight
* Less likely to skip classes or miss school
* More confident in their ability to complete schoolwork

The Governor's Mentoring Initiative is a program of the Tennessee Children's Cabinet, which includes the Department of Children's Services and other state departments that touch children's issues. Youth Villages, a private, nonprofit provider of services to children and families, operates the Governor's Mentoring Initiative on behalf of the State of Tennessee.

Governor Bredesen's goal is to find hundreds more Tennesseans who want to make a difference in the lives of foster children.

Click here to learn how you can become a mentor.

Contact us at 1-866-519-LIFT or by email.

"We want good folks, from all walks of life, to share some of their time and wisdom with Tennessee's foster care kids. Every child needs a steady hand to help guide him or her into independent, adult living. By giving our most vulnerable kids - those living in foster care - that support, we boost their chances of successfully transitioning into the grown-up world." - Governor Phil Bredesen