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Lend a hand during National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, so we’re focusing on advice and encouragement for beginners:

WRITE ON! Novelist Dave Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) launched nonprofit tutoring 826LA in Venice last year. Current programs include “Hit the Airwaves With Youth Radio,” which begins Saturday and will teach 15 teens, ages 14-18, the fine art of deejaying. Students will create a Web radio show to be aired on Youthradio.org.

On Jan. 28, PR pro Mandy Davis and screenwriter Will Richter teach “When Your Shoes Won’t Stop Talking” to 10 students, ages 8-10. It’s designed to demonstrate the fun in giving personality to everyday objects in stories.

Click 826la.org or call (310) 305-8418.

CROSSOVER SUPPORT United Friends of the Children needs corporate partners to provide internships or paying jobs for kids turning 18 and preparing to leave foster homes.

“Twenty-five percent of foster youth experience homelessness within four years of leaving care,” says UFC president Polly Williams. “Fifty percent experience unemployment.” However, 85% of UFC’s kids get jobs and 125 are in college on scholarship. More information: Unitedfriends.org

ALL IN THE FAMILY With 200 kids on a waiting list, Big Brothers Big Sisters needs mentors, bilingual men in particular.

“A lot of kids have gone through college with their mentors right beside them,” said coordinator Kathy Kensinger. The minimum for visits is twice a month for a year.

Bbbslaie.org is the place; phone is (213) 481-3611. More opportunities: Mentoring.org.

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