The Sweet Nourishment of Youth Mentoring

Honey Stinger believes in building strong communities, and that holds true for Honey Stinger’s home community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Steamboat’s youth mentoring non-profit organization Partners in Routt County impacts local youth to help them become strong future leaders, community members, and athletes.  Partners’ Executive Director, Michelle Petix, goes into depth about how this organization truly impacts the lives of Steamboat’s young people:

Like a long backpacking trip, no matter how prepared, the quality or quantity of resources, or the company you keep, at some point during this holiday season you will probably experience the highs and lows of life. Stressing over things big and small, family that brings cheer and sometimes tears, a time of blessings and gratitude for some may also be a struggle of grief and solitude for others.

At Partners in Routt County youth mentoring program, we work closely with youth and families that experience a variety of challenges and while some stories are truly heart-breaking, others are heart-warming and inspirational. I am reminded daily at Partners of the beauty of humanity…there is undeniable sorrow in life but time and again I witness the unselfish light of love and giving from those who invest in the growth of a young person.

“Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. 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. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.”

Partners enjoys creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships. Our community and school based mentors are not specially gifted people, they are not saints, they are not wealthy nor free from life’s obligations. Do not misunderstand me, they are my heroes! But they are no different than you or me, only that they heard a calling to serve youth in this way and answered it.

Honey Stinger is a company that genuinely represents this giving spirit, with the on-going support of its owners and employees.  They make significant contributions to Partners through donating proceeds from its Steamboat Stinger race, employees volunteering as mentors, and much more.

It is a fitting alignment for mentoring and honeybees. Honeybees are a social insect, supporting each other in colonies. They are very adaptable, and the end product is sweet and nourishing. Did you know that honeybees are one of the only bee species that do not hibernate during winter? In fact, like Emperor penguins, they take turns rotating from the cozy center to the chilly outer rim, so they all stay warm.

So from the Partners’ hive to yours this magical holiday season…may your blessings be more than your burdens, and those burdens easier to bear with the love and support of others.

To learn more about Partners in Routt County and how you can support them, head over to their website or follow them on Facebook.