Who do you believe most positively impacted your life? Some might say a family member—mom, dad, aunt or grandpa. Others may say a high school sports coach or a teacher. Still others might say a volunteer mentor—someone who read with them after school or helped them with their math homework.

Those might seem like small acts, but it can make a huge difference in a child’s life. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk youth with mentors are 52 percent less likely than peers to skip a day of school; 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college; 46 percent less likely to start using drugs; and 81 percent more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurriculars.

As National Mentoring Month since 2002, January highlights the importance of mentorship—whether that be a partner at a law firm mentoring a young attorney or someone taking the time to explain addition to an elementary school student.

Below a WSFA 12 News piece on Montgomery’s Brantwood Children’s Home includes firm managing partner Tom Methvin and mentee Cornelius Ford, 26, a former resident at the children’s home.

Twelve years after first being paired together, the two still meet up regularly to grab a bite to eat and stay connected. It’s a small act, but Tom says it allows him to remain a father-figure in Cornelius’s life—something that benefits them both.

“We have a responsibility to help the least of these, and mentoring provides an opportunity to change the course of a young person’s life,” he said. “More than likely, they’ll make an impact on you as well. It’s been an honor to mentor CJ and watch him grow over the years.”
tom methvin list 210x210 January marks National Mentoring Month
As New Year’s resolutions are popular this time of year, consider adding mentoring to your list. Commit to helping the youth in your community or, as the 2008 national proclamation for National Mentoring Month put it, “changing our country one heart and soul at a time.”

For more information on becoming a mentor, visit mentoring.org, and for more information on Brantwood Children’s Home, visit brantwoodchildrenshome.org.

The National Mentoring Partnership
The White House
WSFA 12 News

We're here to help!

We live by our creed of “helping those who need it most” and have helped thousands of clients get the justice they desperately needed and deserved. If you feel you have a case or just have questions please contact us for a free consultation. There is no risk and no fees unless we win for you.

Fields marked * may be required for submission.

A positive manner

Several years ago my brother and sister -in-law were in a terrible car accident. My sister in-law was paralyzed from her neck down. Beasley Allen handled the case for my brother to see to it that my sister-in-law received the proper and necessary care she needed. I appreciate the attorneys and staff of Beasley Allen in handling this matter quickly and in a positive manner. Good job Beasley Allen!!