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National Mentoring Month 2006
Sample of Local Partners' Activities

 

Arizona Mentoring Initiative
Governor Janet Napolitano kicked off activities by proclaiming January National Mentoring Month.  The following recruitment and recognition events were held in collaboration between the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative and the Arizona Mentoring Initiative: Phoenix Suns Mentoring Night, Mentoring Nights at Arizona State University’s Women’s Basketball games, and Mentoring Day at a Phoenix Coyotes game.  The highlight of the month was the Governor’s Mentoring Celebration, featuring Dr. Susan Weinberger, aka “Dr. Mentor,” as the keynote speaker.


California: Friends For Youth

Dr. Susan Weinberger, aka “Dr. Mentor,” was the keynote speaker at Friends For Youth’s annual mentoring conference.  A Mentoring Recognition Event was held at the Little Fox Theater, collaboratively sponsored by the Mentoring Coalition of San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Mentoring Coalition, and the San Francisco Mentoring Coalition.  Senator Joe Simitian’s office issued certificates of appreciation for each mentor.


California: Volunteer
Center of the United Way of Stanislaus County
The sixth annual Stanislaus County Employee Mentors Program Recognition Event celebrated and recognized the contributions of the Stanislaus County employees who make a difference in the lives of children through mentoring activities.  The event featured speaker Erika Urbani, Director of Mentor Technical Assistance at the Center of Applied Research Solutions.


Colorado Mentoring
Lt. Governor Jane E. Norton hosted a mentoring seminar at the Colorado Children’s Museum.  Lorinzo Foxworth, CEO of Synectics Trainers, was keynote speaker at the event, which was attended by over 75 different mentoring organizations.  The seminar was an interactive session on mentoring strategies for mentors and coaches which provided key principles for building and maintaining mentor-focused dynamics.


Connecticut Mentoring Partnership/Governor’s Prevention Partnership
Governor M. Jodi Rell proclaimed January National Mentoring Month.  Mentors were honored at a Norwalk Mentoring Appreciation Breakfast.  Dr. Susan Weinberger was the keynote speaker at the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll event, which recognized the involvement and support of 90 Connecticut corporations.  Legislative leadership awards were also presented.


Delaware Mentoring Council
In honor of Thank Your Mentor Day, the Delaware Mentoring Council held an Open House to recruit mentors.  Participants of the fourth annual Poster and Essay contest were recognized at a state event, and winners were awarded prizes by state Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff.  Senator Tom Carper met with mentors at Sussex Central Middle School to discuss their mentoring experience and thank them for volunteering.


Florida: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
The Day of the Child event was held at the Miami Children’s Museum to recruit potential mentors and recognize current mentoring matches.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami hosted a fundraising gala featuring dinner and silent auction.


Florida: Mentor Center of Palm Beach County
Local businesses promoted mentoring every Monday in January by wearing mentoring t-shirts, displaying print materials, and distributing promotional materials.  The evening news featured coverage of “Mentoring Mondays.”


Florida: Kesler Mentoring Connection
Kesler Mentoring Connection honored the mentors at “The Spirit of Mentoring: A Super Pep Rally,” an officially sanctioned event of the Jacksonville Super Bowl XXXIX Host Committee.  The TELEmachus Awards and the Delores Kesler Community Mentor Award were presented at the annual mentoring recognition event.


Illinois: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
The Illinois House of Representatives adapted a House Resolution declaring January as National Mentoring Month.  A city-wide recruitment event featured representatives from over 10 different mentoring programs, as well as special guests Southpaw, the White Sox mascot, and keynote speaker Bill “Moose” Skowron, former White Sox player.  In partnership with the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, the theme for 2006 was, “Be a Champion…Mentor a Child.”


Maine Mentoring Partnership
A Mentor Fair was held to thank and celebrate local mentors.  Meagan Beals, Miss Maine 2005, spoke at the York County Mentoring Summit and continued to promote mentoring through a speaking tour to schools across the state.  Public displays were featured at the entrances to Portland City Hall and Portland Public Library.  The mentoring partnership was promoted in a local TV series called “Our Town,” airing in local communities in central Maine.


The Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Thank Your Mentor Day was celebrated with a Mentoring Recognition Breakfast.  At the annual Mentoring Day in Annapolis, The Maryland Mentoring Partnership met with legislators to advocate for greater resources that assist in the expansion of mentoring.  The Maryland Mentoring Partnership also sponsored a town meeting on youth violence featuring Ed Cornwell, M.D., Chief of Adult Trauma at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Massachusetts: Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mass Mentoring Partnership hosted a National Mentoring Month kick-off event at public TV station WGBH, featuring Dr. Michael Thompson, co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.  Through outreach to the Human Resources Advisory Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass Mentoring promoted employee use of an eight-hour mentoring leave policy.  Each Thursday in January, recruitment fairs were held at Boston South Station during commuter hours.  Mentor-mentee pairs were given free tickets to a Boston Celtics game.  In partnership with the Boston Young Professionals Association and On Your Feet Project, Mass Mentoring Partnership sponsored a networking and wine-tasting event for prospective mentors.


Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Governor Tim Pawlenty kicked off National Mentoring Month at a press conference featuring youths speaking about their mentoring experiences.  Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, General Electric (GE), and other Minnesota mentoring programs hosted the GE Mentor Carnival to celebrate business and community volunteers.


Nebraska: TeamMates Mentoring Program
Governor Dave Heineman proclaimed January National Mentoring Month.  A kick-off event featured Dr. Susan Weinberger as keynote speaker.  Various affiliate mentoring programs hosted recognition breakfasts and lunches.


Nevada Youth Alliance/Mentoring Above & Beyond
Nevada Youth Mentoring Programs were showcased during National Mentoring Month. During the month of January dozens of agencies that serve youth statewide shared opportunities for the community to learn more about their agencies and the many volunteer opportunities through a month long Mini Info-Fair staged inside of the Grant Sawyer Government Center, Las Vegas, Mentor Agency Appreciation Ceremony held in Reno, Public Mentoring Informational Showcasing held in Las Vegas and various meetings which fostered the theme of the month. Governor Kenny Guinn proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month.


Mentoring Partnership of New York
The Young Professionals Advisory Board hosted an evening social to recruit and raise awareness about the need for mentors.  Three member programs presented information about their programs and hosted recruitment tables.  Thank Your Mentor Day featured the fifth annual Thank Your Mentor Day rally, featuring keynote speaker Salome Thomas-El and former New York Knick Allan Houston.  The winner of the first TYMD Essay Contest presented his winning essay to the crowd.  The highlight of the evening was the door prize – an opportunity to play Allan Houston in a basketball game of M-E-N-T-O-R, a version of
H-O-R-S-E.  The seventh annual Mentors’ Day included over 450 mentors and mentees and featured a magic show by the Hip Hop Magician.


New York: The Mentoring Partnership of Long Island
The Mentoring Partnership of Long Island (MPLI) launched the newest version of its Mentoring Guidebook, a comprehensive information resource about mentoring in Long Island.  Radio spots created by MPLI and its supporting corporations were aired on Long Island Radio Group stations.  In collaboration with other partnerships, MPLI hosted Legislative Day in Albany to raise awareness for mentoring.  Thank Your Mentor Day was celebrated with local mentoring programs.


Mentoring Center of Central Ohio
State Representative Joyce Beatty presented awards to Outstanding Mentors at the fifth annual Mentoring Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse.  Keynote speaker was Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia and senior advisor on faith-based initiatives for Public/Private Ventures, including the Amachi Program.  Mentoring FunDay provided a day of sports, games, crafts, and more for over 400 mentors and mentees.


Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
The Cincinnati Youth Collaborative held a Thank-a-Thon in which they phoned all volunteers to thank them for being a mentor.  Thank Your Mentor Day Breakfast recognized mentors.  Mayor Mark Mallory proclaimed January National Mentoring Month in an event covered by the local Fox station.


Ohio: Montgomery County Mentoring Collaborative
The Outstanding Mentors Awards Luncheon featured County Commissioner Deborah Liberman and two young men who spoke about the role mentors played in their lives as they successfully aged out of the foster care system.  Super Mentor Saturday was a free afternoon of games, food and music for youth.


Oregon Mentors
Oregon Mentors ran a statewide media campaign on NBC in partnership with Liberty Northwest. Governor Theodore Kulongski and Portland Mayor Tom Potter proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month at the City Council Meeting.  McCormick & Schmick’s hosted a “thank you party” to recognize sponsors and volunteers from the annual fundraiser and Mentor Recognition Lunch in September 2005.


Pennsylvania: Philadelphia United Way’s Campaign for Mentors
On Mentoring Night at a Philadelphia 76ers game, over 140 mentors and mentees were treated to luxury box seats, with complimentary food and beverages courtesy of ARAMARK.  A mentor program coordinator was honored as a “Hometown Hero” on center court.  The local NBC affiliate featured the Campaign for Mentors in an informational telethon on strategies to address youth violence in the community.  A citywide Shadowing Day allowed over 1300 9th grade students to shadow business hosts for the day.


The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania
January launched the organization's year long Eliminate The Wait campaign designed to eliminate the waiting list for mentors.  The efforts for National Mentoring Month included radio interviews, newspaper articles, corporate newsletters, billboard advertisement, bus posters and signage at major corporate offices.  Staff attended and supported recognition events hosted by local programs including a Jazz For Mentors Night.  A calendar of NMM events was posted on the website and Thank Your Mentor cards were produced and distributed to programs.


Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership
The Excellence in Mentoring Awards were distributed by Governor Donald Carcieri at a Celebration Event at the State House.  A news anchor from the local NBC affiliate served as the emcee.  Local programs also hosted mentor appreciation events, including the East Greenwich Strategic Mentoring Program’s spaghetti supper and West Warwick’s Appreciation Breakfast.


Texas: OneStar Foundation
Texas’ Governor’s Mentoring Initiative held a state-wide “Tell Your Story Contest.”  Participants were asked to submit success stories about new, creative projects mentoring organizations undertook during National Mentoring Month to recruit more mentors.  The top three submissions received an award of $500 and special recognition from OneStar Foundation.


Utah Mentoring Partnership
A local theater donated two theaters for a special fundraising showing of Glory Road.  Attorney General Mark Shurtleff hosted a breakfast for state legislators to learn more about mentoring in Utah.


Vermont: Mobius, The Mentoring Movement of Chittenden County

Mobius honored mentors involved with 14 Mentoring Programs located in Chittenden County. Mentors currently mentoring were invited to a reception at Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s to pay tribute to individuals in our community who are trying to make a difference and “share what they know.”  Fourteen mentors (one from each program) were recognized for their dedication to mentoring.  A “business mentoring” award was given honoring a business for the first time.  The event featured guest speakers Vermont Governor James Douglas announcing the “Vermont Mentors” initiative, Mike Smith (Secretary of Vermont Agency of Human Services). Bess O’Brien (author, researcher, producer of the “Voices Project”).  University of Vermont Top Cats ended the program with singing.  Postcards were handed out at the end to have attendees recommend someone for mentoring.  The event was covered by local television news and follow up articles in all local papers.


Virginia Mentoring Partnership

The fourth annual Mentoring Awards event recognized outstanding mentors and mentoring programs and featured keynote speaker William E. Milliken of Communities In Schools.  Virginia Mentoring Partnership led a successful effort at the General Assembly to pass a resolution designating January as National Mentoring Month.


Washington: United Way of King County
United Way of King County partnered with the Washington State Mentoring Partnership and the Seattle Supersonics to put on the fifth annual “Mentoring Night with the Sonics” event.  The Outstanding Mentor of the Year award was presented before the game.  Seattle Public Library hosted a special program featuring Dr. Susan Weinberger, in addition to their month-long display of books and materials about mentoring.


Washington, D.C.: Fairfax Mentoring Partnership
Mentoring Partnership Luncheons were held to garner support and build partnerships with local businesses, churches, and civic organizations.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the City of Fairfax proclaimed January National Mentoring Month in their jurisdictions.

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