2017 National Mentoring Month


WHEREAS, the goals of National Mentoring Month are to raise awareness of the value of mentoring, recruit individuals to mentor, and encourage organizations to engage and integrate quality mentoring into their efforts; and

WHEREAS, a mentor is a caring person who is consistently present and who devotes time to a young person to help them discover their personal strengths and achieve their full potential through a structured, trusting relationship; and

WHEREAS, quality mentoring encourages positive choices, promotes self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces young people to new ideas; and

WHEREAS, mentoring programs have also been effective in combatting school violence and discipline problems, substance abuse, incarceration, and truancy; and

WHEREAS, research shows that youth who participate in a mentoring relationship are more likely to finish high school and continue on to college; and

WHEREAS, National Mentoring Month gives us the opportunity to appreciate the staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to quality mentoring programs and celebrate the young people who have found their inner strength with the help of a mentor;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize January 2017 as National Mentoring Month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.