National Mentoring Month highlights need for mentors in Boulder County

January is a time of reflection and goal-setting for a better and brighter future. It is also National Mentoring Month, and as I reflect on the work we are doing at "I Have A Dream" and the students who are working hard to achieve their educational and career dreams, I cannot help but think about our amazing 170 mentors who are enriching the lives of our Dreamer Scholars on their journey through life. I am in awe of Beth, who has helped 15-year-old Jenny through some difficult stress and anxiety. I am excited for 10-year-old Joseph, whose mentor Trey has coordinated some exciting, new activities that Joseph has never experienced. I am inspired by Dale, who has helped 14-year-old Isabela explore interesting and exciting career fields.

However, we have 340 Dreamer Scholars who are still waiting for their own mentor. Manuel, a fifth-grader, is anxious to get a mentor:

"I think it's important to have a mentor because it's fun to have a good friend around that you can hang out with and that can take you to fun places. I want to go to the arcade and a Steelers vs Broncos game and a Rapids game. If I had a mentor, he could help me with homework. I might learn to hang out with new people. Having a mentor would help me achieve my dream because we might cook together to make me into a chef. Having a mentor would make me feel awesome." — Manuel


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As you set goals for the new year ahead, I invite you to consider becoming a mentor to Manuel and the other 339 youth to help them realize their goals and dreams. To become a mentor, go to ihaveadreamboulder.org or contact me at ashley@ihaveadreamboulder.org or 303.444.3636, ext. 19.

Ashley Keltner, director of volunteers at "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County

We live in a dangerous world

A missile controller is sitting at a computer terminal on a missile base in Colorado. This appears on his screen: "INCOMING MISSILE HAWAII. IMPACT 15 MINUTES."

Immediately, the North American Missile System activates and goes to DefCon 1. Blast doors are opened. Hydraulic supports cast off. Tracking radars are turned on. (There is no time.) Anxious eyes watch the sweeping second hand of the clock.

Missiles are primed. Nervous fingers hover over the launch buttons. Minutes later, a second signal appears: "STAND DOWN. FALSE ALERT."

This is what actually happened, contrary to what is being reported in the news. It is a very dangerous world. This is exactly the way wars get started. We are walking a very fine line between war and peace. The hysteria over North Korea's missiles (exacerbated by president Trump and the media) has taken root. The difference between living and dying may only be a matter of seconds.

Be prepared.

Michael J. Beisch, Skull Valley, Ariz.