RICHLAND, WA - There is a shortage of mentors in the Tri-Cities.
"There are 20,000 kids in the Tri-Cities who are in single parent homes, with grandparents or in foster care that are probably missing a second adult or someone else to just be there and listen," says Todd Kleppin. He started Ignite Youth Mentoring three years ago. The non-profit organization is celebrating National Mentoring Month by setting a goal to double the number of mentors helping young people in the Tri-Cities.
Currently, the organization has about 90 mentor matches.
Kleppin says mentors don't have to have any special skills, and don't have to have all the answers to life's great questions.
"Mentors have made mistakes in their life. They don't have to be perfect. That's perfect."
To be a mentor, you spend a few hours twice a month with a young person.
"We make matches based on common interests," Kleppin says. "So if you like to go play sports or watch sports or you want to do some baking or crafting, great. We can find a kid with similar interests."
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a mentor, call 948-7888, or visit IgniteYouthMentoring.com, or visit the organization's Facebook page.