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Needed: More Helping Hands
Tucson Citizen, January 29, 2007

Partners Mentoring Youth Helps Save Kids
The Fort Collins Coloradoan, January 10, 2007

Creating Possibilities: Mentoring Changes Lives
Tallahassee Democrat , January 25, 2007

Fulfill a New Year's Resolution! Become a Mentor During National Mentoring Month
Sun Valley Online (Idaho), January 12, 2007

Say THANKS
The Paper of Montgomery County (Indiana) , January 24, 2007

A Good Mentor Can be Hard to Find
UNI Northern Iowan (University of Northern Iowa) , January 26, 2007

Model Mentors: Local Program Matches Adults, Students in Successful Second Year
Melrose Free Press (Massachsuetts), January 17, 2007

Mentors Hail Mentoring in January
Niles Daily Star (Michigan) , January 6, 2007

Be a Mentor, Change a Life for the Better
Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)
, January 12, 2007

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Honors Mentoring Month
The Sparta Independent (New Jersey)
, January 26, 2007

Mentors Make for Better Communities
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle,
January 12, 2007

Wanted: Mentors
The Dunn Daily Record (North Carolina), January 19, 2007

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Campaigning for Mentors
Cushing Daily Citizen (Oklahoma), January 10, 2007

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Seek Adults to Help
The Oregonian, January 11, 2007

Volunteer to Help a 'Little' Brothers, Sister Grow Up
The Daily News Journal (Tennessee ), January 27, 2007

Quincy Jones: His Honors Abound
The San Francisco Examiner, January 25, 2007

Each One Reach One and Teach One: Effective Mentoring Isn't Just Life-changing for Kids
Black America Web, January 29, 2007

Setting a Good Example: Mayor Pushes Mentoring Idea
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), January 3, 2007

Mentoring Has Power to Change Many Lives
The Ann Arbor News (Michigan), January 31, 2007

Child Health Center Notes Mentoring Month
Sun Journal (Maine), January 12, 2007

Vermilion Big Brothers-Big Sisters Set to Launch Annual Fundraising Drive
Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette (Illinois), January 26, 2007

Mentors Help Students Dream Big
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 22, 2007

Making a Difference
North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), January 8, 2007

Mentors Connect with Farmington Youths
Minnesota This Week Newspapers, January 19, 2007

Local Mentors Celebrate Week
DeRidder Beauregard Daily News (Louisiana), January 26, 2007

Guides for Life
The Honolulu Advertiser, January 9, 2007

Making Mentors: Center Point Volunteers Aim to Make a Difference
Gainesville Times (Georgia), January 7, 2007

Volunteer Mentors Sought this Month
The Fresno Bee , January 13, 2007

Mentors Help Students Dream Big
Cincinnati Enquirer , January 22, 2007

Just Listening Can Often Make a Difference
Providence Journal , January 19, 2007

Walking alongside a Student who Needs an Adult
Fort Worth Star-Telegram , January 17, 2007

Putting Mentoring to Work
Burlington Free Press (Vermont) , January 15, 2007

Fox Cities Coalition Strives to Build Ranks of Adult Mentors
Appleton Post-Crescent (Wisconsin) , January 25, 2007

The Big Campaign Effort Doubles the Number of Men Recruited
SitNews (Alaska) , January 17, 2007


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Needed: More Helping Hands
Tucson Citizen, January 29, 2007

"January has been designated National Mentoring Month. What better way to commemorate this month than to recognize the importance of mentors, seek to recruit additional men and women for this important volunteer role, and thank those who have given so generously of themselves."

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Partners Mentoring Youth Helps Save Kids
The Fort Collins Coloradoan, January 10, 2007

"January is National Mentoring Month and is thus an appropriate time to recognize the importance of mentoring in general, and Partners Mentoring Youth in specific....Of the 218 youth Partners served last year, 42 percent improved school performance and 65 percent reduced delinquent behavior. The youth showed greater self-confidence and self-esteem, were more drug-free and more future-oriented."

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Creating Possibilities: Mentoring Changes Lives
Tallahassee Democrat , January 25, 2007

"I began the e-Mentoring Program in order to learn from a leader who has made a difference in the community. I wanted to find out what it takes to have a positive influence among my peers.... As a mentee, I have excelled beyond all that I once thought was possible. [Former Lieutenant Governor] Toni taught me not only about politics, but also about life and people. I have learned how to socialize with important figures in our society by viewing them as people, just other human beings. What I really like about LG Toni is that she is an amazing woman. She has really been a positive influence on me."

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Fulfill a New Year's Resolution! Become a Mentor During National Mentoring Month
Sun Valley Online (Idaho), January 12, 2007

"We're working to recruit tens of thousands of new mentors willing to give young people the care and support they need to succeed in life. You and the members of your organization can make a real difference. Youth development experts now agree that mentoring is a critical element in any child's social, emotional and cognitive development. It builds a sense of industry and competency, boosts academic performance, and broadens horizons."

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Say THANKS
The Paper of Montgomery County (Indiana) , January 24, 2007

"Thursday is Thank Your Mentor Day and the Youth Service Bureau's Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP) will honor those Montgomery County residents who are mentors."

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A Good Mentor Can be Hard to Find
UNI Northern Iowan (University of Northern Iowa) , January 26, 2007

"Junior public relations major Taylor Schaa, an intern at Opportunity Works, believes that mentoring has a positive effect on young people's attitude as well as their schoolwork. 'In 2005, it was recorded that Waterloo schools had about 10,000 students and on a daily basis about 900 don't go to class. A mentor could influence their lives greatly,' said Schaa."

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Model Mentors: Local Program Matches Adults, Students in Successful Second Year
Melrose Free Press (Massachsuetts), January 17, 2007

"Melrose CARES (which stands for Connecting Adolescents to Resources, Education and Services) matches seventh-grade students with adult volunteer mentors. 'It takes a village to raise a child...if you have good villagers,' said Mary Bamberg, whose son, John Paul Bamberg, 13, took part in the mentoring program when he was in seventh grade. The Bambergs, who have since moved to Arvada, Colo., are probably the organization's greatest success story--John Paul and his mentor, Melrose Recreation Director Chuck Person, are still in touch some two years later."

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Mentors Hail Mentoring in January
Niles Daily Star (Michigan) , January 6, 2007

"Dave Van Strien, president of Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, has been a Lunch Buddy for four years. He first joined the program when [Sue] Armstrong spoke during a United Way of Niles presentation. Plus, two other Community Federal Credit Union employees, Denise Leich adn Janet Fedeli, are also Lunch Buddies. Van Strien said mentoring a young person is fairly easy, and mostly requires finding the time to do it one hour a week and then picking up lunch. Van Strien has also taken his mentoring a step further and, after two years with the same child, a background check and a home visit by Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been able to take his Lunch Buddy, a sixth grader in Niles, skiing and golfing."

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Be a Mentor, Change a Life for the Better
Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)
, January 12, 2007

"Mentoring in our community positively affects hundreds of children: children like Michael, whose father is in prison; he now spends time with Jim as his Big Brother. Janie, who is raised by a single dad with disabilities, has Meghan as her Big Sis. Diane, a career foster mother to nine children, has four of those children in positive mentoring programs. These are only a few of the hundreds of children who will face a brighter future because there are caring adult volunteers in our community. Providing a friend to a child every week, one-to-one, can be found with no other program."

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters Honors Mentoring Month
The Sparta Independent (New Jersey)
, January 26, 2007

"[Big Brothers Big Sisters] actually has three programs. The community-based program is what most people know about. A Big and Little are paired and spend time together. Anthony, a Little from Newton explained he and Mike Lipesky, his Big, go bowling, play pool, attended a hockey game, and just do fun things. Site-based programs, often in schools, bring a mentor in for a period a week to spend time with a Little. Often college students fill the role of mentor for high school or junior high school aged students."

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Mentors Make for Better Communities
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle,
January 12, 2007

"Compeer Rochester Inc. is proud to be part of Rochester Mentors. As a nonprofit mentoring organization serving children and adults with mental illness or severe emotional issues, we have seen how mentoring relationships can boost self-esteem, help improve school performance and guide a person toward a sense of purpose. Our volunteer mentors enable children and adults to become more socially integrated into the community by alleviating the loneliness and isolation of mental illness and by helping them lead healthier, more productive lives."

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Wanted: Mentors
The Dunn Daily Record (North Carolina), January 19, 2007

"Donna Autry, an administrative assistant with the Dunn Parks and Recreation Department, said she became a mentor after Mrs. White-McNeill convinced her she was already doing it. 'She spoke with us here about it and I saw the need,' Ms. Autry said. 'You may say, I don't know how to do it. But there are a lot of things that people are doing and they don't really even know they're mentoring. You just want to try to be their friend, and encourage them,' she said of the youth. 'You want to try and build up a trust between the two of you so you can offer them guidance.'

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters Campaigning for Mentors
Cushing Daily Citizen (Oklahoma), January 10, 2007

"Locally, Joseph Campbell, 15, and Blake Taylor, 24, have been matched through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for just over a year. Since becoming a part of the program, the two have grown as individuals and have grown together. 'Blake was in college when I first met him, and now he owns his own contracting business. I was like "Whoa, he can do a lot stuff. I couldn’t handle all that." He’s inspired me to become a contractor, or something like that, and I want to have my own business, too. He teaches me lessons in life and about becoming an adult,' said Campbell."

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters Seek Adults to Help
The Oregonian, January 11, 2007

"Kelly Couch, a 25-year-old computer engineer from Hillsboro, has been a Big Brother to a 7-year-old boy with a single mother for about a year. Trail Blazer basketball games, going to the arcade and taking a walk around the boy's school are all ways they spend time together as Couch tries to also serve as a role model. 'Once I get to hang out with him," he said, "I really enjoy it.'"

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Volunteer to Help a 'Little' Brothers, Sister Grow Up
The Daily News Journal (Tennessee ), January 27, 2007

"Upon moving to Nashville, Isaac wanted to volunteer with children — but he had to be realistic with the time demands of a young attorney. As he learned more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, he knew mentoring was the perfect opportunity for him. Isaac and Trey work on academics together, focusing on reading. Conner will cite the flexibility offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters — and how the minor amount of time spent with his Little Brother at a sporting event or going out to eat, for example, is so important to a young person's life."

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Quincy Jones: His Honors Abound
The San Francisco Examiner, January 25, 2007

"Composer and music producer Quincy Jones has been honored with more awards than he can count, among them seven Oscar nominations, 79 Grammy nominations — more than any other artist — and 27 Grammy Awards. He’s also received a dozen honorary degrees. But he says the 'Mentor of the Year' award presented to him by Harvard University’s School of Public Health on Wednesday as part of National Mentoring Month is 'unique and especially gratifying.'"

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Each One Reach One and Teach One: Effective Mentoring Isn't Just Life-changing for Kids
Black America Web, January 29, 2007

"Stars such as the late great Ray Charles, Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones have recorded television public service announcements to encourage viewers to consider becoming mentors. On its Web site, there are video clips in which the celebrities talk about the people who mentored and inspired them and 'use the power of storytelling to make the point that none of us succeed by ourselves,' Winsten said. Jones was selected as The Harvard Mentoring Project’s  2007 Mentor of the Year."

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Setting a Good Example: Mayor Pushes Mentoring Idea
Tulsa World (Oklahoma), January 3, 2007

"One theme that came up repeatedly during a gang summit hosted in September by [Mayor Kathy] Taylor and David O’Meilia, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, was the need to challenge the community to become more involved in the lives of children who are at risk for gang involvement. 'Prevention is the key to reducing gang involvement, and mentoring can do that without costing the taxpayers,' Taylor said.  'It only takes a little time.'"

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Mentoring Has Power to Change Many Lives
The Ann Arbor News (Michigan), January 31, 2007

"Tad Wysor takes mentoring to an extraordinary level. The 51-year-old engineer, who works at the Environmental Protection Agency labs in Ann Arbor, started working with a teenage boy through a local program called The Village Initiative. Soon after Wysor started mentoring, the boy got in trouble and was sent to a correctional facility 100 miles away. That might have dissuaded other people, but not Wysor. One Saturday each month, Wysor drives to visit the boy - and takes several of the boy's family members with him."

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Child Health Center Notes Mentoring Month
Sun Journal (Maine), January 12, 2007

"The Child Health Center's Big Brothers Big Sisters Program offers a variety of mentoring partnerships. The consistent mentoring relationships help give young people the confidence, resources and skills they need to reach their potential. The programs are structured and help form a trusting relationship that brings young people together with a caring teen or adult who can offer guidance, support and encouragement. Through the relationship, the confidence and character of a mentee can develop to help them reach their full potential."

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Vermilion Big Brothers-Big Sisters Set to Launch Annual Fundraising Drive
Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette (Illinois), January 26, 2007

"As part of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Vermilion County mentoring program, Daniel Anderson learned stuff he didn't know before, like how to fish and swim. For the last four years, the 18-year-old Danville High School senior spent time once a week with his "big brother," attorney Bill Garrison. January marks National Mentoring Month and the beginning of "Bowl for Kids Sake," the local group's annual fundraiser."

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Mentors Help Students Dream Big
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 22, 2007

"Three years ago, Stormy Wolfe was surfing the internal Web site at Federal Home Bank Loan of Pittsburgh and came across Mentoring Minds, a program the company supports that puts its employees in contact with local high school students. Mrs. Wolfe, a wife and mother of a 13-year-old, sought the necessary approval and signed up. It wasn't long before she met Allen, one of 10 Westinghouse High School students who would come to the workplace for one day a month for four hours and get tips on dressing for success, opportunities to practice public speaking and a place to sharpen their etiquette skills."

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Making a Difference
North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), January 8, 2007

"There are four youth mentor programs in North Platte. High Expectations and Across Ages, both offered through Community Connections, work with kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Other local programs include TeamMates for kids in 6th through 12th grade and the Teen Parents program offered by Youth for Christ, which works specifically with teenage parents. Because each program works with a different group of kids, Garcia said they don’t compete with each other. Each program also has a common goal, to develop relationships between kids and adults."

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Mentors Connect with Farmington Youths
Minnesota This Week Newspapers, January 19, 2007

"Val Cover sits in the Farmington Middle School East auditorium making small talk with Lisa Wagner, mother to Katie Jo Wagner, whom Cover mentors. They talk about the weather and swap New Year’s Eve stories as though they were old friends. Of course, the only thing that has brought them together is Katie. 'I don’t have any kids, so this is new to me,' Cover says as Lisa recounts the many events she has been to."

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Local Mentors Celebrate Week
DeRidder Beauregard Daily News (Louisiana), January 26, 2007

"Seven years ago, Jeff Jones of DeRidder was matched to Knicholaus Black by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana. Today, Knich, a DeRidder High School senior, calls him a 'real brother.' 'He's been a real inspiration,' Knich said. 'I've been able to look up to him and depend on him.' Jones, whose son and daughter were grown, contacted BBBS after seeing a booth at a community event and realized he still wanted to 'do something with kids' in his spare time. 'It's been fun watching Knich become a nice, polite, fine young man,' Jones said."

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Guides for Life
The Honolulu Advertiser, January 9, 2007

"Hiking Manoa Falls Trail, visiting the Honolulu Zoo, bowling and entering silly Halloween costume contests were more than just chances for Keola Whittaker to hang out with his former mentor, Joe Sunderland. From the time Whittaker was 6 years old until he was 18, the two were paired under the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu program. They met several times a month — sometimes for just a couple hours on the tennis courts or for an entire afternoon at the library — each time walking away from very meaningful experiences, said Whittaker, now 27, of St. Louis Heights."

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Making Mentors: Center Point Volunteers Aim to Make a Difference
Gainesville Times (Georgia), January 7, 2007

"When Sherry Rogers visits the Strickland sisters at White Sulphur Elementary School, they know they're in for a treat. Octavia Strickland, 11, likes reading with "Miss Sherry" best. Monique, 9, excels at addition flash cards. 'I like to do math,' Octavia said. Rogers herself simply enjoys spending time with the girls. She has been a mentor through the Center Point Mentor Program for four years. "

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Volunteer Mentors Sought this Month
The Fresno Bee , January 13, 2007

"The Porters like tossing in atypical activities to expose R.J. to different things. They've taken him to Renaissance fairs, the rodeo and a dog show. They planned on going camping, too. 'He mysteriously got sick that weekend,' Toni Porter said, eyeballing R.J. suspiciously. The teenager laughed in response. R.J., who lives with his sister and grandmother, said he would recommend the program to other people. Simply put, he said, it's fun."

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Mentors Help Students Dream Big
Cincinnati Enquirer , January 22, 2007

"Their awkward introduction came two years ago. Ida Robinson, an African-American girl who's shy around strangers, was afraid to face Mai Vu, a young woman of Vietnamese descent who had volunteered to be her mentor. But it didn't take long for Ida, who is now 9, to warm to Mai (pronounced "my") and flash her dimpled smile. Their outings typically began with Mai stopping by Ida's home, a third-floor apartment on a bleak section of Vine Street in Mount Auburn. From there, the pair might go to the zoo, the aquarium, a live theater performance or the library, where Mai helped Ida with school work."

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Just Listening Can Often Make a Difference
Providence Journal , January 19, 2007

"It was cold on Wednesday, the coldest day of the winter so far, but Chase Ugliori was ready for some football, so Nick Easton pulled a headband from his jacket pocket and walked out into the chill. They kick and throw and talk. Nick has twice kicked the ball onto the roof of the Robertson School in Warwick. Those kicks have become part of the connection, something funny that happened as he and Chase got to know each other."

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Walking alongside a Student who Needs an Adult
Fort Worth Star-Telegram , January 17, 2007

"When I tell people that I mentor a young girl at Fort Worth's Meadowbrook Middle School, the responses are usually predictable: 'Wow, you must be a saint!' or 'I wish I had the time to do that.' Both intrigue me. First of all, I am not a saint, as anyone who knows me well will readily confirm. It's not hard to be a mentor. In fact, it's fun. The girl I'm matched up with is a delightful young woman who seems thrilled each time I go to her school. She is interesting and funny and makes me laugh, and being with her makes me feel good about what I am doing. Second, it does not take that much time. I see her several times a month, depending on our work and school schedules. In just that small amount of time, she gets the benefit of knowing that I care about her and I'm there to be her advocate, her friend and someone who occasionally can help her with math or reading."

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Putting Mentoring to Work
Burlington Free Press (Vermont) , January 15, 2007

"Don't be surprised if you see Don Vickers, president and CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., hanging out at the arcade for a few hours every week. Vickers, who is mentoring his third youth in 11 years, spends three to five hours each week with a Winooski High School student, seeing movies, playing games, stopping at book stores -- and talking. 'You have to play a little bit. You have to get to know each other,' he said of the mentoring process. 'We always make sure we laugh a lot.' Vickers is one of hundreds of adults in Chittenden County who serve as mentors for local teens."

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Fox Cities Coalition Strives to Build Ranks of Adult Mentors
Appleton Post-Crescent (Wisconsin) , January 25, 2007

"This month, which is National Mentoring Month, the Northeast Wisconsin Mentoring Coalition is issuing a call for community members to come forward and volunteer with mentoring agencies. Today is recognized as Thank Your Mentor Day. About 2,500 Fox Valley area youth from Oshkosh to Green Bay could benefit from regular, quality one-on-one time with a caring adult, and volunteer centers are working with agencies to bring them together, said Julia Drobeck, executive director of the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin Inc. The coalition aims to increase by 10 percent the number of mentor matches by year's end, Drobeck said."

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The Big Campaign Effort Doubles the Number of Men Recruited
SitNews (Alaska) , January 17, 2007

"The BIG Campaign, the first coordinated media and outreach campaign intended to increase the number of volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Southeast Alaska, resulted in a record number of inquiries and new matches between adults and children around the region. Since August, 2006, 236 people contacted the agency about volunteering as mentors in the program, a 34% increase over the number of inquiries during the same time last year. So far, 66 percent of those people have completed the interview process and have been matched or are ready to be matched with a Little Brother or Little Sister. During The BIG Campaign, 115 new matches were made across Southeast Alaska, helping the agency make a record-breaking 288 new matches in 2006."

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