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M4K Feature: January is National Mentoring Month

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Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month (NMM) focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.

This national partnership has now expanded to include the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the United Way Worldwide.

NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
• Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
• Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
• Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

The national partners work with the NMM campaign’s local partners, who are organizing special NMM events in their communities with numerous partners, including their local media. These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors.


Each year since its launch, NMM has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress. Additional prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.


Recently, M4K Program Director, Karen Cohen, had the opportunity to showcase the many services of the agency and the M4K program at Valencia Shores to over 200 men at a breakfast meeting. In addition to the many mentors we've had the privilege of working with over the years, we would like to give thanks to Mike Rubin, Valencia Shores resident, long-time mentor, and a member of the M4K advisory committee, who was instrumental in coordinating this speaking engagement. It sparked the interest of several residents who have followed through with applications to become mentors.  We were delighted to have Board Members Allen Mason and Jack Rosenberg attend, giving up their Sunday morning to support the agency and M4K.

The Mentoring program provides a same-gender role-model for a child who has lost a significant care-giver through death or divorce. It is a free, non-sectarian program for children between the ages of 6-14, that helps fill a void in the child’s life and strengthens the family.


For more information on The Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring for Kids Program, contact Karen Cohen, MSW at 561-238-0285 or email kcohen@jfcsonline.com.


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