MANCHESTER - January is Mentoring Month and The Collaborative thanks all mentors past and present for taking the time out in their week to mentor a local student.

It has been shown that youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking, according to the Public/Private Ventures study by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

When a child is mentored it's not only influencing the student, the whole community is affected for the better. Mentoring is easy and fun to do. For those looking to influence a child and impact your community, contact The Collaborative today. There are children waiting for you to mentor them. Call The Collaborative today at 802-824-4200, or send an email at info@thecollaborative.us. for more information, visit thecollaborative.us online, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecollaborativeus.