Mentoring the Younger Generation

By WISE Web News

December 23, 2012 Updated Dec 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

January is National Mentoring Month. It's an opportunity for adults to get involved in the lives of younger kids.

It's also a way to get involved with the community in a positive way.

The Indiana Youth institute says drug abuse is becoming more prevalent with the younger generation.

A recent survey shows that about 2% of Indiana high school seniors have tried heroin. That's 50% higher than the national average. Prescription pills are also becoming an issue with younger kids because they can find them right at home.

Bill Stanczykiewicz, the Indiana Youth Institute Director, says mentoring can help kids stay on the right path to success.

In Northeast Indiana, programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Study Connection are great places to start.

If you would like to be get involved with a mentoring program you can visit www.abetterhour.org.

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