The Empower Sioux Falls Steering Committee has selected mentoring as its first near term focus area of involvement. The need for mentors is great. According to a 2014 National Gallup Student Survey, 47 percent of US youth said they lack hope, and 36 percent say they are not thriving. Having a mentor who is willing to spend as little as one hour per week with a young person can have a positive impact. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbor and care for those who are in need. One way to do this is by walking alongside someone to spiritually lead and influence them on their life journey.