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2012 National Mentoring Summit Materials Now Online
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Workshop presentations, speaker biographies and additional content from the recent 2012 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. — Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child — are now posted online at the link below.
Approximately 500 key mentoring stakeholders, including staff from youth mentoring organizations, administration officials, civic leaders, corporate executives and the country’s foremost mentoring researchers, came together for the two-day event during January’s National Mentoring Month to enhance the quality and impact of the field, chart the mentoring field’s future and expand its circle of influence to increase mentoring opportunities for America’s young people to provide pathways to successful adulthood.
MENTOR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and United Way Worldwide hosted the Summit, along with 20 youth-serving partner organizations supporting the event. Viacom was the Summit’s Presenting Sponsor; Bank of America and BNY Mellon were the Supporting Sponsors.
In an effort to extend the offerings of the Summit to as many people as possible regardless of their ability to attend, press releases summarizing each of the major Summit sessions, biographies of the 90 workshop presenters, workshop PowerPoint presentations, the Summit program and more have been posted online.
Highlights of the 2012 National Mentoring Summit included remarks from political leaders, long-time leaders from the youth development field and major media personalities, including:
- Chief of Staff of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Michael Strautmanis.
- Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Joshua DuBois.
- Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA).
- Special Advisor, Office of the New York City Mayor Bloomberg, and Chair of the Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement Leslie A. Cornfeld.
- Chairman of America’s Promise Alliance Alma Powell.
- Author, Founder of Mentoring USA and former First Lady of New York Matilda Cuomo.
- NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
Also featured during a special Corporate Leadership Session were speakers from AT&T, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Ernst & Young, the Gap Foundation, Starbucks and Wells Fargo, talking about their corporations’ engagement in youth mentoring.
Last, but not least, an emotional and powerful panel of mentors and mentees was moderated by BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and celebrity DJ Beverly Bond.
For more information and resources on quality youth mentoring and MENTOR’s network of Mentoring Partnerships and programs, visit www.mentoring.org.
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