January is National Mentoring Month!

We at Friends for Youth wanted to remind everyone that January is National Mentoring Month. Friends for Youth has teamed up with the Harvard Mentoring Project and Bay Area Mentoring to jump start our efforts in bringing awareness to communities nationwide of the importance in mentoring at-risk youth.

Mentoring is a rewarding and fun way to make a positive impact in the life of a young person simply by sharing your time and having fun. Currently, there are over 40 young people on our waiting list who actively wish to have a mentor.

Did you know that many celebrities, political leaders, famous writers and musicians were mentored when they were youths? To list just a few...

  • Oprah Winfrey, mentored by Mrs. Duncan (4th grade teacher)
  • Gen. Colin Powell, mentored by his father Luther Powell
  • Dr. Martin King, mentored by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • Denzel Washington, mentored by Sidney Poitier
  • Gloria Estefan, mentored by her grandmother Consuelo Garcia
  • Quincy Jones, mentored by Ray Charles

Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area? Curious to learn more about mentoring? Do you feel you have what it takes to inspire and nurture a great young person? Start the new year off with giving back to your community and building a wonderful future with a new friend in need.

2008 National Mentoring Month Events

1/24/08 – Thank Your Mentor Day!
Submit your personal story and honor your mentor by sending an e-card available for distribution online at http://www.whomentoredyou.org/

1/29/08 – San Mateo County Board of Supervisors NMM Proclamation
January Supervisors meeting will feature a presentation of proclamation co-sponsored by Supervisors Adrienne Tissier (President) and Mark Church.

1/31/08 to 2/01-08 – Friends for Youth Mentoring Conference

Friends for Youth’s Annual Mentoring Conference, Mentoring Youth: Defining the Difference It Makes, will be held at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay and Oracle on January 31st and February 1st. This gathering of mentoring professionals attracts a national and international audience and features pre-conference courses, workshop sessions, and keynote presentations. This conference is also sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Public Health Preteen Alliance. For additional conference information go to http://www.friendsforyouth.org/

Mentorpalooza An evening event featuring a Fishbowl Forum for mentored youth, will be at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay on January 31st at 7:00pm and is open to the community. Local teenagers will talk about how their mentors have impacted them and the best ways adults can provide support for their success. In this facilitated conversation, adults will be able to really listen to what they have to say.

Don't hesitate to contact Friends for Youth at (650) 482-2867 and please check us out on the web at http://www.friendsforyouth.org/


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