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CTN HONORS THOSE WHO VOLUNTEER




CTN HONORS THOSE WHO VOLUNTEER


April became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991. It is the month dedicated to celebrating the service of all the volunteers who make a difference in our lives and communities-those who serve as positive role models and provide communities with a foundation for the future. An estimated 25.2 percent of US adults volunteered in 2016, contributing an estimated 8.7 billion hours. The value of these hours is approximately $187.4 billion.

Catch the Next is most fortunate to have volunteers in many areas of our program who have a major impact to our CTN familia and are vital to our program.  They are resources that help us fulfill our mission and reach our goals.

Volunteer scholar mentors, author mentors and community leadership mentors serve as a resource for classrooms (as speakers) as well as faculty/ staff professional development. They share their research, their writing and their experiences. Volunteer mentors serve on our campuses as role models and instill hope in our students. Sometimes they meet with students one-to-one, sometimes in groups, and sometimes on panels. They show young people that someone cares about them and that they are not alone in dealing with their day-to-day challenges. They make students feel like they matter and give them hope. “Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.” (https://www.mentoring.org/whymentoring/mentoring-impact/)

Students in CTN campus clubs often bring a ray of hope to their communities by volunteering in activities such as Relay for Life in Rio Grande City and collecting items for the SAFE Alliance in Austin. When we see young people giving back to their communities, it gives us all hope. Our students are the hope for our future, and we deeply appreciate all those who give their time to lift their spirits and offer them hope for their future, including our volunteer board of directors, who provide guidance and serve as our advocates.




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