Boys & Girls Club hails Mentoring Month with party

Mandy Reber (right), executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington, and club member Autumn Elston play the “Minute to Win it” game Chap Stack at the club’s mentoring party on Feb. 1. Photo provided.

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County celebrated National Mentoring Month with a mentoring party on Friday, Feb. 1.

Members and their mentors took part in relay races, "Minute to Win it" games, "Just Dance" competitions, a photo booth and board games. Those in attendance also enjoyed pizza and ice cream.

Similar celebrations will take place each month.

The goal of the Be Great mentoring program at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County is to develop a safe and encouraging relationship between an adult and a member. This mentor relationship will allow young people the opportunity to set goals that fit their specific situation and a mentor will guide them as they work towards achieving those goals.

Members are recognized for their achievements while being encouraged towards continual improvement. Mentors act as an advocate for youth and help lead them towards academic success. This program utilizes both staff and volunteers as mentors.

The Boys & Girls Club has seen significant results from this program, including improved grades and social skills within many youth being mentored.