Telluride's One to One in need of adult mentors

Telluride's One to One in need of adult mentors

[click “Play” to hear Kara Johnson’s description of One-to-One mentoring]

Logo, 1-1The One to One program in the Telluride region can relate: Mountainfilm in Telluride recently announced its award-winners. The Director’s Award was given to “Sons of Perdition,” a film about teenage boys forced out of a polygamist fundamentalist Mormon community because they represented a threat to the older men’s claims on the young woman of their tribe. Three of the boys were in town, basking in the love that came their way. Their indomitable spirits shown through the hurt and pain. But they will need mentors to guide their next critical moves.

Research has shown that the single most important factor in a child’s success is his or her connection to a caring adult. One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program targets at risk youth in Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Naturita, and Nucla, pairing them with mentors who help guide their social, emotional and academic development.

Jenny and Sophia Thank You One to One was formed in 1993 by Telluride locals and still-standing Board Members, John Mansfield and Allen Gerstle. John was the Juvenile Diversion Officer and Allen was the Director of Social Services.  In dealing with children and families in crisis, the two saw a need for a mentoring organization in the community. One to One began as a branch of Delta-Montrose Partners, and later worked under the umbrella of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of La Plata County.  In 1999, the Board of Directors created the independent mentoring organization known as One to One.  Starting with 35 children, One to One has since served over 340 unduplicated youth in San Miguel County through a variety of programs tailored to address a diverse array of needs..

For the 2010 program, One to One currently has matched 44 boys and girls ages five – 17, but there are 23 kids on a waiting list in need of adults who care.

Not in town but want to donate? Please make checks payable to One to One and send to P.O. Box 1574, Telluride, CO 81435 or call 970-728-0885 (also to obtain an application) .

To understand more about One to One’s programs and how you can make a difference, click the “play” button and listen to Program Coordinator Kara’s podcast.

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