We talk a lot about the amount of need in the community. But, did you know there are people standing at-the-ready to help? The Chattanooga Mentoring Collective seeks to ensure every child that wants a mentor, has one. When they saw 73 percent of their mentor volunteers were women, they sought out to fill in the gap.
On Feb. 23, the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective hosted the 100 Men in 100 Days breakfast. The idea was simple: create a forum for willing male mentors to come together and talk about problems and how to solve them. That’s just what they did. After hearing inspiring words from Chattanooga native Josiah Golson, the men broke into groups to tackle how to join together with the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective to achieve their shared goal: Empowering young men to live lives of full potential.
Troy Rogers, public safety director for the City of Chattanooga, actively mentors with the Urban League. He knows the difference a safe space and relationship can make in the life of a local teenager.
"I’ve seen first hand how even the simple act of sharing your time with a young person can lead to real outcomes in their life,” said Troy. “You don’t have to be perfect. All you need is an open heart and open mind to make a difference.”
What’s next? The Chattanooga Mentoring Collective is going to dig in to the mentors’ feedback and develop a regular cadence for the group to get together and share ideas, experiences and challenges.
To become a mentor or learn more about the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective, visit their website.