Friday, January 05, 2007

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January: National Mentoring Month
Focuses national attention on the need for mentors. On any given day in America over 518,000 children and youth are in foster care. Around 20,000 youth "age out" or transition from the foster care system, many are only 18 years old. Yet, the system provides few services to help them through this difficult transition. The Harvard Mentoring Project: MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service highlights mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives.

For more information about mentoring, visit the sites listed below. You might also want to consider becoming a Volunteer tutor at a local public library. Many libraries offer free Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, ESL or other literacy services. Visit the Southern California Library Literacy Network website for a local library near you.

The Governor’s Mentoring Partnership, formerly the California Mentoring Initiative under Governor Wilson, was created to provide continuing support for California’s youth through mentoring.

Mentor LA’s goal is to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles; working in traditional public high schools, MLA orchestrates an educational transformation helping under-served schools become exceptional places of learning.

. . . . or check out a Book !
A Hand to Guide Me – Denzel Washington
In his debut as an author, Denzel Washington shares his personal story of the mentors who helped guide his life--more than 70 of America's leading personalities in theater, sports, business, and politics who in turn tell their life-changing stories of mentorship.








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