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Big Brother Changed His Life Starting at Age Eight
Arizona Daily Star, January 24, 2008

Mentoring Highlighted Throughout January
The Columbus Telegram (Ohio), January 21, 2008

How Can You Curb Teen Violence? Mentoring
DiversityInc.com, January 11, 2008

Mentoring: Myriad of Benefits
Escanaba Daily Press (Michigan), January 23, 2008

Pair Promotes Benefits of Mentoring
San Mateo Daily News (California) , January 18, 2008

Giving Thanks by Helping Others
Tampa Tribune (Florida) , January 24, 2008

Big Brothers Big, Big Impact: A Bond to Celebrate for Life
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), January 24, 2008

Mentors Worth Mentioning
Tucson Citizen (Arizona) , January 21, 2008

WestConn Showcases Programs that Enrich Through Mentoring
Voices (Connecticut)
, January 23, 2008

Winston-Salem State University Promotes National Mentoring Month
Carolina Newswire (North Carlonia)
, January 22, 2008

My Mentor: My Grandfather
Huffington Post (New York) ,
January 24, 2008

Mentoring Program Spreads Hope Around
Marion Chronicle Tribune (Indiana), January 24, 2008

Mentoring Program Makes Lifelong Friends
Newton Daily News (Iowa), January 23, 2008

January is National Mentoring Month
Parkersburg News (West Virginia) , January 20, 2008

Mentoring Can Change a Young Person's Life
The Albert Lea Tribune (Minnesota ), January 24, 2008

Mentoring is a Valuable Support Service
The Herald-Zeitung (Texas) , January 24, 2008

A Month of Mentors
The Watauga Democrat (North Carolina) , January 15, 2008

Its Not Just Kids Who Benefit from Mentoring
The Wichita Eagle (Kansas), January 19, 2008

Brighten the Future for a Child
The Tifton Gazette (Georgia), January 23, 2008

January is 'National Mentoring Month' in North Carolina
The Leland Tribune (North Carolina ), January 12, 2008

Be a Guiding Force: Mentor a Child
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), January 9, 2008

 


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Big Brother Changed His Life Starting at Age Eight
Arizona Daily Star, January 24, 2008

"It's been nearly 30 years since two Tucsonans were linked through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, but that relationship continues to have an effect on them both...As part of today's National Thank Your Mentor Day, an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health, Amy Harclerode of Big Brothers Big Sisters asked Roberts to write about how having a mentor affected him."

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Mentoring Highlighted Throughout January
The Columbus Telegram (Ohio), January 21, 2008

"They have been called idols and guardian angels by the youth they have helped. All it took to get those accolades was a bit of time and a caring heart...January is National Mentoring Month, and representatives from mentoring programs have been spreading the news about their organizations and their need for adult volunteers. Several of those organizations -- Connect Columbus Volunteer Center, Big Pals-Little Pals, TeamMates, Youth for Christ Columbus and the Platte Valley Literacy Association -- will be at local businesses today and Tuesday to speak with employees and promote the mentoring opportunities available through their agencies."

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How Can You Curb Teen Violence? Mentoring
DiversityInc.com , January 25, 2007

"Mayor Cory Booker came under fire early in his term when the execution-style murders of three college-bound teens captured national headlines last summer, further painting Newark as a city rampant with crime. That notion was cemented when one of the perpetrators arrested in those murders turned out to be 15 years old. So it's no wonder Booker has made curbing teen violence one of his major priorities in 2007...The Newark Mentoring Coalition, a network of mentoring programs and partnerships that will serve Newark youth, is Booker's new plan.."

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Mentoring: Myriad of Benefits
Escanaba Daily Press (Michigan ), January 12, 2007

"January is National Mentoring Month and local officials want to remind the community of the benefits received by residents who provide mentoring. By becoming a mentor, citizens can change not just a child’s life, but their own lives as well. Tanya Schuster, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, said youngsters often lack what most take for granted -- someone who consistently sees the good in them, helps them to understand their world and listens."

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Pair Promotes Benefits of Mentoring
San Mateo Daily News (California) , January 18, 2008

"Iliana Medina was selected to be in a nationally televised public service announcement, but she hopes it flies under the radar...The ad, available on YouTube, shows the Redwood City teen with her mentor of five years, 28-year-old Jennifer Ashford. It's a promotion for National Mentoring Month, when agencies around the country make a recruiting push for adult role models."

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Giving Thanks by Helping Others
Tampa Tribune (Florida) , January 24, 2008

"Mentor. It's a powerful word, conjuring an image of an experienced, wise and influential adviser with an eager young student soaking up knowledge. That image leaves out the most important parts of mentoring, though: friendship and sharing time on a personal level. I think about that today, which The National Mentoring Partnership and other organizations have declared as National Thank Your Mentor Day."

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Big Brothers, Big Impact: A Bond to Celebrate for Life
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), January 24, 2008

"Today is National Mentor Day, and there are plenty of mentors in the Charlotte area to celebrate. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the many mentoring programs offered in the area. The program pairs a child with an adult mentor who offers stability and serves as a positive influence. That has worked for teenager Brandon Lockhart and Greg Jones, the mentor."

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Mentors Worth Mentioning
Tucson Citizen (Arizona) , January 21, 2008

"Who was your mentor? U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords credits Tucson businesswoman Dorothy Finley with providing her with the mentorship that helped lead her to Congress...Armando Quiroz, head softball coach at Pima Community College, says his father and grandmother sit at the top of his list of mentors...January is National Mentoring Month, with Thursday designated as Thank Your Mentor Day."

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WestConn Showcases Programs that Enrich Through Mentoring
Voices (Connecticut)
, January 23, 2008

"WestConn will showcase the many opportunities available for personal and academic enrichment through mentoring in a program Thursday, January 24, to celebrate National Mentoring Day, a commemoration originated by the Harvard Mentoring Project as part of National Mentoring Month."

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Winston-Salem State University Promotes National Mentoring Month
Carolina Newswire (North Carolina)
, January 22, 2008

"By presidential proclamation, January 2008 has been designated as National Mentoring Month. And Winston-Salem State University proudly salutes all the mentors and mentoring organizations that continue to positively impact lives. In education, business, politics and volunteerism, mentoring has successfully produced many of the world’s greatest minds and achievers; and everyone has heard someone’s story of how a former teacher, guidance counselor, employer, friend, or parent was not only a guiding role model and mentor, but also the driving force behind their success."

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My Mentor: My Grandfather
Huffington Post (New York),
January 24, 2008

"I think it's fair to say that my grandfather is the person to be blessed - or blamed - for shaping me into the person I am today. His was a classic immigrant's tale: he came to the United States from Russia as a child, took up a trade as a young man -- he was a bricklayer -- and then fate and family intervened such that he was never to rise much above a life of hard work offering a respectable living, but little else."

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Mentoring Program Spreads Hope Around
Marion Chronicle Tribune (Indiana), January 24, 2008

"Children beginning the Kids Hope mentoring program don't always know what mentoring means. The nationwide program pairs a church with a school and an adult with a child. They meet each week for an hour. Mentors help with tutoring, play games and talk with children. But, perhaps most important, they build a relationship with a child...Mentors have to be from a church that offers the program, though religion isn't a component of the mentoring process. Green said the program respects the separation of church and state. Mentors also must pass a background check and be interviewed and trained."

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Mentoring Program Makes Lifelong Friends
Newton Daily News (Iowa), January 23, 2008

"Despite more than 60 years age difference between them, Evelyn Hubler and Jake Huizenga have become the best of friends -- that’s the power of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. The pair were matched up in 2003 when Huizenga was in the second grade. Now, five years later, the 12-year-old and his mentor still spend one half-hour a week together playing cards, making models, reading, talking and developing what they both described as a 'lifelong friendship.'"

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January Is National Mentoring Month
Parkersburg News (West Virginia) , January 20, 2008

"Every year thousands of local volunteers take time out to share their experience, their knowledge and their time, serving as a role model, tutor, friend, advocate or mentor. January has been designated National Mentoring Month. Lisa Weaver coordinates an after-school tutoring program at McKinley Elementary School sponsored by the Wood County office of the West Virginia Children’s Home Society. There are currently 30 children in the program."

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Mentoring Can Change a Young Person's Life
The Albert Lea Tribune (Minnesota ), January 23, 2008

"Out of an effort to encourage mentoring across the state, Jamie Hyneman, host of the popular “Mythbusters” show on the Discovery Channel, kicked off National Mentoring Month earlier this month with 1,200 young people and their mentors in St. Paul...This year, the Mentoring Partnership and its partners are emphasizing the importance of exciting young people about science, technology, engineering and math -- and helping them realize that the people who work in these fields are not just men and women in white lab coats."

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Mentoring is a Valuable Support System
The Herald-Zeitung (Texas) , January 24, 2008

"As January -- designated as National Mentoring Month by President Bush -- nears an end, consider what impact you could have by taking time to mentor in this community. Communities in Schools of South Central Texas operates programs in 30 schools in Comal and Guadalupe counties. One hundred or more students can be Communities in Schools participants in some of those campuses. According to CIS, mentors -- especially young men -- are in high demand. CIS mentors undergo background checks and are expected to meet with a child throughout the school year once a week for at least 30 minutes, either during lunch hour or elective classes..'"

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A Month of Mentors
The Watauga Democrat (North Carolina) , January 15, 2008

"January is the 7th Annual National Mentoring Month, an effort spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This campaign’s goal is to encourage adults to become volunteer mentors and work to help young people achieve their full potential. This year’s theme is 'Share What You Know. Mentor a Child.' Locally, Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson has issued a proclamation, naming January as Mentoring Month."

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Its Not Just Kids Who Benefit from Mentoring
The Wichita Eagle (Kansas), January 19, 2008

"Last spring I was contacted by Bill Hanna, former chief operating officer of Koch Industries and current board chairman of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, to meet him for lunch. During lunch, Hanna asked me if I would consider being on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He told me the organization needed help with a Hispanic mentoring initiative that involved our Cargill facility in Dodge City. I agreed to be on the board but also cautioned Hanna that I was far too busy to serve as a Big Brother, and with my travel schedule, I wasn't sure I could always make the board meetings...A few weeks later, Hanna, Big Brothers Big Sisters chief executive Dawn DeArmond and I drove to Cargill's Dodge City plant to work on the initiative. I challenged our team to be leaders in the community by leading through their volunteerism. By the time I got back in the car, I realized that it was wrong for me to ask people to volunteer for something that I was unwilling to do. Right then, I decided to be a Big Brother."

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Brighten the Future for a Child
The Tifton Gazette (Georgia), January 23, 2008

"January is National Mentoring Month. Now in its seventh year, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors as well as how each of us -- individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and non-profits -- can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for our young people."

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January is 'National Mentoring Month' in North Carolina
The Leland Tribune (North Carolina ), January 12, 2008

"Gov. Mike Easley has proclaimed January as Mentoring Month to encourage North Carolinians to become mentors and to recognize those already involved in mentoring.  The effort is part of National Mentoring Month.  The theme for this year’s national observance is “Share What You Know.  Mentor a Child."

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Be a Guiding Force: Mentor a Child
St. Petersburg Times (Florida), January 9, 2008

"Each one of us remembers someone special - a neighbor, teacher, relative or friend - who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives. Maybe it was the person who taught you to throw straight, gave you an "attaboy" or "attagirl" or just listened. It might have been someone who helped you make a good decision instead of a bad one...January is National Mentoring Month as well as the month to make New Year's resolutions. This year, if you become a mentor, it might be the one resolution you will want to keep. Just a few hours a couple of times a month can make a big difference in a child's life and be a rewarding experience."

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