Obama taught Steph Curry how to play basketball and make volcanoes in this PSA for mentoring programs.
In a very delightful PSA for My Brother's Keeper, the White House's youth mentoring program, President Obama served as a mentor for some kid named Stephen Curry. The POTUS guided Steph through proper ball-handling techniques and how to make a volcano worthy of any science fair's #1 award ribbon.
According to the program's website, 16 million American youths between the ages of 8-18 don't have a "trusted adult who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance," with 9 million of those adolescents facing adversities that put them at a higher risk of succumbing to academic and health issues.
The benefits of mentoring can be tremendous.
Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
Seventy-six percent at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college versus half of at-risk young adults who had no mentor. They are also more likely to be enrolled in college.
Mentoring reduces “depressive symptoms” and increases “social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.”
How our POTUS can fit in mentoring young Stephen between his day-to-day presidential duties is a further testament to our Commander-in-Chief's organizational skills (or maybe he just has Senioritis). Stephen may one day grow up to be a successful athlete or volcano specialist thanks to Obama's guidance.