January was National Mentoring Month and Aurora Youth Options (AYO) held a mentoring drive in December and January to recruit mentors for Aurora youth. Members of the AYO Mentor Team presented to service clubs and other community organizations, visit community events, Buckley AFB and participate in the creation of public service announcements and the distribution of flyers to get out the word about the importance of mentoring. On January 29, AYO hosted 27 adults who were interested in learning more about how to change a life. Male and female matches shared their stories and showcased their experiences on a photo board, answering questions about their own personal mentoring relationships. Thanks to Baker Street Pub & Grill, Brunswick Zone Heather Ridge, Cinemark/Century 16 Theaters, Noodles and Company and some AYO friends, like Craig Sanders and Cybele Antonow (a current mentor), we had prizes for meals, activities and wine to reward those who brought the most friends to this Friendraiser event.
One winner promptly turned over his movie tickets to the male mentoring match who came to share stories with the group. Our next AYO adventures for mentors or those interested in learning more about mentoring are scheduled for March 4 (5:30-7pm, Punch Bowl Social, Denver) and April 1 (5:30-7:30pm, Joe’s Crab Shack, Aurora) when we recognize our mentors and other AYO volunteers during National Volunteer Month. If you’re looking for a way to serve your community, please consider becoming a mentor. Aurora Youth Options (AYO) offers a flexible and supportive program for adults 19 and older. Fulfill community service credits, gain youth development experience, and make a difference in the life of a youth. To become a mentor or to nominate a youth ages 11-15 for AYO services, please contact AYO at 303-617-2660 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.