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Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Works to Train New Mentors for Charlotte's Youth

Friday, September 28, 2012

Contact: Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

Charlotte, N.C. – On Saturday September 29th, 2012, the City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance will host a workshop for individuals interested in learning about the fundamental elements of becoming a mentor. “Mentoring 101” will be facilitated by members of the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance who have extensive experience in organizing mentoring-based initiatives.

The training will take place from 10:00am - Noon at Old City Hall (600 E. Trade Street). Individuals interested in participating in the workshop are encouraged to register on the event website: http://mmamentoring101.eventbrite.com.

The training will help potential mentors understand the powerful influence they could have on a young person. Statistics show that youth who are mentored are 52% more likely to attend school regularly and 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs. Additionally, youth who have a meaningful relationship with an adult are five times more likely to graduate from high school.

Mayor Anthony Foxx said, “As Mayor, one of my main areas of focus is improving the lives of Charlotte's youth. Recently, I worked with the City to expand the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance to focus on connecting Charlotte’s mentoring organizations to promote best practices and provide workshops, resources and standards for quality service delivery. This new “Mentoring 101” workshop is a great opportunity for Charlotteans to find out how they can get involved and make a difference in the life of a young person.”

For more information, contact Elizabeth Mitchell, Neighborhood Resources Liaison, at 704-336-8409 or enmitchell@charlottenc.gov

About Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance
The mission of the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance is to connect Charlotte’s mentoring organizations for the purpose of promoting best practices and high standards for quality service delivery.

The alliance recognizes the need for quality mentor programming and well-trained mentors to serve youth throughout Charlotte and works to elevate awareness within the community.