National Mentoring Month
By Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.
January 1, 2022
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed spending time and creating wonderful memories with your family and friends during the holiday season.
It’s the beginning of a new year and with it comes new opportunities to give back and instill hope in others, especially our youth.
January is National Mentoring Month, an opportunity to promote youth mentoring. Research has shown that relationships with caring mentors offer youth valuable encouragement, motivation and support to guide them toward making positive choices, and the Choctaw Nation’s Jones Academy is committed to encouraging and supporting Native youth.
The Jones Academy’s mission is to empower Native American youth by providing individualized care and development through educational, cultural and spiritual opportunities and help them discover life pathways and cultivate a sense of cultural identity.
Ensuring that our youth are provided with educational, cultural, and spiritual opportunities helps to create mature, balanced, responsible and compassionate adults.
The Choctaw Nation’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) empowers youth to become leaders with a servant attitude toward others. Through its John Maxwell Youth Leadership Values Program, community services initiatives that include mentoring young children, YAB inspires students to use their service-leadership skills through community service projects to promote positive change within our communities.
For more information about Jones Academy, contact (888) 767-2518.