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Daniel G. Mulhern: Mentoring Pays a Double Dividend
Detroit Free Press, January 30, 2006

Boy Has Found Mentor For Life
Miami Herald, January 29, 2006

A 'Big Brother' -- And Bigger Rewards
Miami Herald, January 29, 2006

Everybody Should Have a Friend Like Nick
The Day (Connecticut), January 28, 2006

Mentors Make a Positive Difference
The Coloradoan, January 27, 2006

Mentoring Month a Good Chance to Get Involved
Oklahoma Daily, January 26, 2006

Elmira Schools Give Thanks to Mentors Today
Elmira Star-Gazette (New York), January 25, 2006

Connection Keeps Kids in School
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 25, 2006

Calling All Mentors
Philadelphia Daily News
, January 25, 2006

Mentors Can Offer Young People Guidance, Support
Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan)
, January 24, 2006

Mentor Program Helps Shape Futures
Hibbing Daily Tribune (Minnesota)
, January 23, 2006

Local Mentors Find They Make a Difference
Parkesburg Ledger (Pennsylvania), January 12, 2006

Mother of 4 Knows: Mentors Invaluable
The Warwick Beacon (Rhode Island), January 12, 2006

Powell Honors Florida Mentors
Democrat Capital Bureau (Florida), January 11, 2006

Celebrating National Mentoring Month
Rappahannock News (Virginia), January 11, 2006

'Guiding Lights' Illuminate Our Purpose in Life
The Daily Astorian (Oregon), January 10, 2006

Changing a Life
The North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), January 7, 2006

Mentoring Programs Focus on Supporting Youth
Kerrville Daily Times (Texas), January 3, 2006

Mentoring Turns Out to be 'a Really Good Thing to Do'
The Forum (North Dakota), December 28, 2005


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Daniel G. Mulhern: Mentoring Pays a Double Dividend
Detroit Free Press, January 30, 2006

"Mentoring a child changes the world two lives at a time. Research is clear that mentoring helps young people establish goals, improve school performance, stay out of trouble and, perhaps just as important, simply feel important. What is less talked about, however, is the extraordinary contribution this experience makes in the life of a mentor. A survey by AOL-Time Warner found that 99% of those in formal mentoring programs say they would recommend it to others."

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Boy Has Found Mentor For Life
Miami Herald, January 29, 2006

"When West Kendall resident Vincent Triana, 14, has a bad day at school, needs to talk to someone, or just wants to hang out, he calls his mentor, Felino Gonzalez. But Gonzalez, 37, is more than his mentor. 'He calls him his brother from another mother,' said Angela Triana, Vincent's mom. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, a volunteer group that matches children in need of mentors, paired Gonzalez and Vincent four years ago."

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A 'Big Brother' -- And Bigger Rewards
Miami Herald, January 29, 2006

"At first glance, 14-year-old Marc McComas and 60-year-old Tom Fuhrman seem an unlikely pair of pals. But thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer group that matches children with mentors, Fuhrman has been a mentor and friend to Marc for five years. 'It's fun to have the opportunity to associate with another boy and watch them grow,' said Fuhrman, whose son and daughter are grown and on their own. Marc and Fuhrman have become good friends and make the most of their differences by introducing each other to new things."

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Everybody Should Have a Friend Like Nick
The Day (Connecticut), January 28, 2006

"If you're thinking about becoming a mentor, good thinking...But mentoring isn't always a program. I learned through my experiences coaching baseball and basketball, through assistant teaching and tutoring and through my children's friendships that the one thing most kids want is an adult they can't let down. When a child who is not your own feels that way about you, then you are a mentor."

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Mentors Make a Positive Difference
The Coloradoan, January 27, 2006

"I'm bursting with pride, joy and satisfaction in a job well-done ... and well-appreciated. Days before my 63d birthday, a wonderful greeting card came from my special friend, a 12-year-old Fort Collins boy named Alan. His message marked 'Thank Your Mentor Day' on Jan. 25 and January's National Mentoring Month: 'Thank you Tom for all the wonderful things you have done for me. I've just expected you to be my mentor, but you've been even more.'"

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Mentoring Month a Good Chance to Get Involved
Oklahoma Daily, January 26, 2006

"January is National Mentoring Month, and some may not be aware of how fun, easy and rewarding mentoring can be - for both the volunteer and the child. Everyone can remember that "special" someone who brought a little magic into their lives as they grew up. The thing few of us take the time to realize is that these simple activities were fun and rewarding for the coach, neighbor and friend's father, too. Being a mentor helps kids broaden their views and offers them new experiences. Mentors, though, gain the satisfaction of seeing a child accomplish something they didn't think they could. It's fun to be a kid again, and mentoring is a great route to get there."

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Elmira Schools Give Thanks to Mentors Today
Elmira Star-Gazette (New York), January 25, 2006

"The impact mentors have on the lives of others is celebrated each January with National Mentoring Month, the centerpiece of which is Thank Your Mentor Day, celebrated today. Four distinct mentoring programs exist in the Elmira City School District. They meet in and out of school, one-on-one and in groups, but they all have a common goal, said Mary Jane Belinky, mentoring coordinator for the district. 'The mentor programs are designed to make sure the kids have someone in their corner,' Belinky said."

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Connection Keeps Kids in School
Cincinnati Enquirer, January 25, 2006

"January is National Mentoring Month and today is National Thank Your Mentor Day, both brainchildren of the Harvard School of Public Health. They offer a perfect opportunity to reflect on something that's been part of almost every successful person's life - that adult who stood along the sidelines, coaching a young person to achievement, teaching him or her the rules of the workplace. The power of a mentor is almost beyond the realm of statistics, but independent research on the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative's program shows mentored students had better attendance, improved academic performance and self esteem, and fewer serious discipline problems than their peers. Nearly 9 in 10 seniors in the program went on to graduate. Three in four parents said mentoring helped their children's school performance; nearly 90 percent said it enriched their lives."

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Calling All Mentors
Philadelphia Daily News, January 25, 2006

"Sometimes, all that confused and troubled young people want and need is someone who will listen to them and care about their problems. Traditionally, this important role is filled by parents, but in a world in which single-parent households are all too common and children are sometimes forced by economic and societal pressures to grow up too fast, young people are often left in need of positive adult influences in their lives. It is for that reason that mentoring is so important and why so many more volunteers are needed."

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Mentors Can Offer Young People Guidance, Support
Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan), January 24, 2006

"All kids need mentors, and it is our responsibility as adults to reach out and lend a hand when we see a child in need. January is Mentoring Month in Michigan, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm's husband, Daniel G. Mulhern, is raising awareness about the importance of mentoring through the Mentor Michigan Initiative. Mulhern is emphasizing the need for men to become mentors, pointing to a recent study released by Kahle Research Solutions Inc. that showed only about one-third of those involved in mentoring programs in Michigan are men."

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Mentor Program Helps Shape Futures
Hibbing Daily Tribune (Minnesota), January 23, 2006

"Just like their sled ride down the snow hill, the relationship between Chuck Neil and seven-year-old Jordon Masieniec is gaining speed. 'We're just starting to get to know each other," said Neil with Masieniec at his side while taking a quick break from sledding. "We only met a few weeks ago.' The two were matched and met through the Hibbing Kinship Mentor Program, a local mentor-mentee program that's been in existence since the mid-1990s. Since meeting, the pair has engaged in fun activities, such as cross country skiing."

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Local Mentors Find They Make a Difference
Parkesburg Ledger (Pennsylvania), January 12, 2006

"Mentors Matter has been under the direction of founder Laura Wilson since December 2002 and since then, the program has been hosting a myriad of activities for the youth including a luau in the park, a trip to Lincoln University, lunches at Peppercorn's, participation in the Upward Bound program, a scavenger hunt at the library and much more. Why? Because according to mentoring.org, there are 35.2 million young people in the U.S. today and one out of four lives with a single parent. One youth in 10 was born to teen parents. One out of five lives in poverty and one out of 10 will not finish high school."

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Mother of 4 Knows: Mentors Invaluable
The Warwick Beacon (Rhode Island), January 12, 2006

"Children involved in the mentoring program within the Warwick school system, in partnership with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership/Feinstein Mentor Network, are chosen by their principals for many different reasons. Some are special needs, some might be troubled or considered at-risk or, as in the case of Jennifer Cusack's four children, they could just use a friend to talk to. 'I think every child needs someone else in their lives, a friend they can talk to and spend time with one on one,' said Cusack."

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Powell Honors Florida Mentors
Democrat Capitol Bureau (Florida), January 11, 2006

"In 1999, Powell helped Bush launch the Governor's Mentoring Initiative, now known as the Florida Mentoring Partnership, with a goal of rallying 200,000 mentors statewide. 'He did it,' Powell said. 'I'm proud to see what this governor has done.' The Florida Mentoring Partnership helps students excel both in school and in life by recruiting Floridians to be mentors. The program promotes cooperation among state agencies, municipalities, businesses, nonprofit groups, schools and individuals."

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Celebrating National Mentoring Month
Rappahannock News (Virginia), January 11, 2006

"Markeith Kerns' earliest memories of his mentor, Steve Carroll, are typical of the adventures they have shared during their four-year partnership...Since he was in third grade Markeith, who will turn 13 next month, has met weekly with his mentor. 'We go to Steve's house, take the dogs to the stream, help Beth (Steve's wife) clean the barn, build stuff....' One of Markeith's favorite activities was shooting a potato cannon with Carroll. 'Then at the Starfish picnic last spring, Steve helped me get on a bull. It started walking off and I stayed on it.'"

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'Guiding Lights' Illuminate Our Purpose in Life
The Daily Astorian (Oregon), January 10, 2006

"Who influenced you, and how do you pass that on? The answers to those two questions reveal an often unseen web of relationships and obligations that binds people together, author and educator Eric Liu said in Astoria Monday night. And mentoring offers a way to turn the tide of a community-breakdown trend affecting the entire nation, he said."

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Changing a Life
The North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), January 7, 2006

"Many people can recall a favorite teacher or other adult who had a significant influence on their childhood. Today, the need is greater than ever for quality mentors to share their wisdom, experience and compassion with kids. 'Anyone can be a mentor,' said Karin Patterson, director of the TeamMates Mentoring Program in North Platte. Patterson said there seems to be a misconception among adults that a mentor must have special training or a college degree. 'It's just a matter of sharing their experiences,' Patterson said. Sometimes a listening ear is all a child needs."

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Mentoring Programs Focus on Supporting Youth
Kerrville Daily Times (Texas), January 3, 2006

"At first glance, they might appear to be unlikely pairings. But those involved in these match-made relationships vouch that despite their age differences, they have become true friends. More than 100 relationships of their kind exist across Kerr County. They are friendships that were forged through local mentoring programs, such as the Texas Hill Country Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kerr County or Kerrville Independent School District's mentoring programs, which all pair adults and children in mentoring relationships."

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Mentoring Turns Out to be 'a Really Good Thing to Do'
The Forum (North Dakota), December 28, 2005

"Mark Berntson figured he had some extra time to give when he settled into his job as a band teacher in West Fargo. After seeing TV commercials about the Big Brother Big Sister program, he called to find out what it entailed. 'I just thought it seemed like a really good thing to do,' said Berntson, 37, who also is president of the West Fargo Education Association. He ended up with a perfect match."

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