Responding to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s (MBKA)

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Toggle navigation MENTOR The National Mentoring PartnershipLeaders Making a Positive DifferenceFrom their unique position as community leaders, mayors can make a powerful impact in their cities. Mayor Brown established the Her Young Ladies Empowerment Initiative in 2016 to increase mentoring opportunities for girls and young women in Compton. Mayor Brown describes the ultimate goal of the program as “[to] empower young ladies to lead their life with purpose, passion and vision.” In partnership with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, she also launched the Young Men of Compton Seed Program, which pairs male middle school students with mentors. The program has thrived with 25 boys and young men graduating from the program and still maintaining their relationships with their mentors years later.

More Information on Mayor BrownDenver, , Mayor Michael HancockGrowing up with a positive caring adult in his own life, Mayor Michael Hancock values the impact mentors have in young people’s lives. In 2017, Mayor Hancock partnered with MENTOR in an effort to help raise awareness of mentoring opportunities in the state. Responding to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s (MBKA) Call to Action, Mayor Hancock has strengthened Denver’s efforts to expand mentoring opportunities to young people. As a result, hundreds of adults have risen to the challenge to ensure all boys and young men of color have the supports they need. Denver’s efforts have also provided young people with summer employment and with professional networking opportunities. The Office of Independent Monitor has also joined efforts to improve relationships between young people and the Denver Police Department. Mayor Hancock’s leadership has provided Denver with a critical vision through purposeful support for young men and boys of color. Mayor Hancock said about Denver’s efforts to provide opportunity for young people, “This has been a call to action to those of us committed to the work of changing the narrative for young men and boys of color in our community. The work we’ve been able to get done so far is remarkable.”

More Information on Mayor HancockOrlando, , Mayor Buddy DyerListed as Orlando’s most powerful person in 2013 by Orlando Magazine, Mayor Buddy Dyer continues to provide support to COMPACT, a 25 year old mentoring organization that has served more than 12,000 at risk students in Orlando/Orange County, challenging them to succeed and reach their maximum potential. Mayor Dyer most recently funded the COMPACT Expansion Program that places AmeriCorps VISTA members in schools to increase capacity, recruit additional volunteers and provide necessary “on the ground” support in an effort to improve student academic performance and decrease absenteeism. Mayor Dyer was quoted as saying in his 2013 State of the City address, “Our economic vitality and quality of life depends on putting more kids on a path to high school graduation, college and a quality job.”

More Information on COMPACTSt. Petersburg, , Mayor Rick KrisemanSt. Petersburg’s Mayor Rick Kriseman believes that educating our children is the responsibility of the entire community. To that end, the city joins with the Pinellas Education Foundation in a unique partnership called St. Pete’s Promise to focus the attention of our community on the needs of our children. In addition, the City of St. Petersburg has adopted an administrative policy providing a paid hour each week for all City of St. Petersburg employees to mentor students in need in our public schools. More than 200 city employees take advantage of that opportunity, and more than 1/3 of our city employees contribute from their paychecks to sponsor Pinellas Education Foundation Take Stock in Children Scholarships for deserving St. Petersburg children.

More Information on Rick KrisemanPleasant Hill, Iowa, Mayor Sara KurovskiAfter becoming the first female mayor of Pleasant Hill, the phone calls and emails began. Not from citizen complaints but from young women asking for Mayor Kurovski to mentor them. Mayor Kurovski informally mentors young women throughout the community and builds relationships through meetings based around their needs and interests. Mayor Kurovski was selected to be the Mayor Chair of the Million Women Mentors Iowa effort. In this capacity, she engages with other elected officials to encourage and teach them about the importance of mentoring in their city and the role that they can play.

More Information on Mayor Kurovski’s Involvement with Million Women Mentors IowaLouisville, , Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer strives to promote compassion in Louisville through a variety of programs, ranging from the Give A Day community wide service initiative to a concerted, long term effort to reduce violence. Mentoring is a part of Mayor Fischer’s dedication to fostering compassion and the skills for lifelong learning and success throughout Louisville. Mayor Fischer has created the Metro Mentors program, which allows thousands of Louisville Metro Government employees the opportunity to give two hours of paid time per week to a variety of mentoring programs. These programs include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Metro Parks Recreation and the public school system’s reading and tutoring program. The Metro Mentors program allows city employees an opportunity to help Louisville youth become the successful, dedicated leaders of tomorrow.

More Information on Mayor Fischer’s Metro Mentors ProgramBoston, , Mayor Martin J. WalshMayor Martin J. Walsh has made youth mentoring an integral part of his platform in Boston, developing the “Mayors Mentoring Movement” with MENTOR Affiliate Mass Mentoring Partnership as a key partner. He has publicly talked about his commitment to mentoring at various My Brother’s Keeper Alliance events locally and nationally, holding a press conference to officially launch the integration of the initiative in Boston. Mayor Walsh can be quoted as saying, “We can make a difference and take extra steps to ensure that every young person has a caring adult in their lives. Boston youth are full of potential, and deserve successful outcomes. I have experienced first hand the power a mentor can have, and I want to make sure each of our Boston youth can take advantage of this opportunity.”

More Information on Mayor’s Mentoring MovementHolyoke, , Mayor Alex MorseMayor Alex Morse is one of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Mayors for Mentoring, a campaign that engages mayors throughout in raising awareness of the need for more mentors; recognizing local mentoring programs and their participants; and encouraging ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring. At the Holyoke Health Center, Morse proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month and talked about how mentoring has affected his life, as well as its importance to the city. “Mentoring programs are a proven and powerful community strategy that impacts the wide variety of critical social issues facing the young people of the City of Holyoke,” he said. “Whether they are faced with academic challenges, the risk of teen pregnancy, or violence and bullying, students who are invested in a high quality mentoring relationship are not only likely to experience an increase both in self esteem and a hope for the future, but they are provided with the skills they need to rise above the pressures of adolescence that so many of our young people face on a regular basis.”

More Information on Mayor MorseSouth Sioux City, , Mayor Rod KochMayor Rod Koch has mentored through the TeamMates Mentoring Program over the past five years and has been a vocal advocate for the program since becoming mayor of South Sioux City, in 2014. He loves the opportunity TeamMates has given him to walk the hallways of local schools with his mentee, who graduated from high school in the spring of 2015. Of his experience, Rod says, “I was able to watch the transformation of a shy young man with lots of questions as he turned into a confident student with aspirations of going to college.” When speaking publicly, Mayor Koch frequently ties the impact mentoring programs like TeamMates have had on South Sioux City’s school district and encourages others to give their time to make a difference in the life of a young person. “I believe that our match was a success and a win for the community because of the things we were able to teach each other about our cultures and our families. The guidance and attention of an adult to our young people is vital to the success of the student and to the future of the community.”

More Information on Mayor KochOmaha, , Mayor Jean StothertMayor Jean Stothert has been a supporter of mentoring as the mayor of Omaha, Midlands Mentoring Partnership’s home location, since elected in 2013. Mayor Stothert continuously encourages her city employees to become mentors and participates yearly in MMP’s January press conference to celebrate National Mentoring Month. In her role as mayor, she continues to demonstrate her support for mentoring in all of the activities that she participates in city wide. Mayor Stothert has said “We have such a giving community in Omaha like no other. We have a very caring, compassionate community. The community sees the economic benefits of mentoring and they see the benefits for our community. Most importantly, mentoring makes the mentor feel good. People that mentor, when they come back to work, feel revitalized, they feel happy about it, and they know they’ve made a big difference in someone’s life”.

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