Many children in our community are eager to connect with adults who are willing to listen to them, share with them, and help them develop to their highest potential. Mentoring is very effective in helping children to stay in school, avoid dangerous behaviors, and navigate the sometimes bumpy road to adulthood.
The AHM Lanterns Mentoring Program is a school based model. Mentors and students meet once a week for one hour (usually during lunch and recess) in the six schools in the towns of Andover, Hebron and Marlborough. The mentoring pairs eat lunch together, play games, do crafts, and take walks outside. They form important friendships that inspire children to be the best they can be. Youth who are matched with a mentor demonstrate improved academic performance, improved peer/family relationships, increased communication skills, decreased drug use, and improved school attendance.