I vote for…civic engagement

As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons.  Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office.  Why not harness that?

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Mentors: Part I

When you are recruiting long-term volunteers, it’s not unlike having part-time staff.  You’re looking for someone to show up regularly at pre-scheduled times, for a certain duration, and to serve in a particular role on the team.  Even in a group mentoring program where you have multiple mentors, consistency is key!  Kids and mentors need to be able to build relationships over time.  Success is not recruiting 10 new volunteers—it’s getting those volunteers to stick around. 

Share your story to help kids choose their futures

Choosing the path that we want to take for our future can be difficult. There may be some obstacles or unexpected challenges that come in your way that may make you feel like quitting, but it is up to you whether you continue to strive for your goals. A strong work ethic and the decision of making positive choices gives us the ability to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. We can set both short and long-term goals that can help us accomplish our dreams.

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