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Professional and Olympic Athletes Tell Personal Stories of Mentoring as a Social Justice Tool

Ali Center Forum Highlights Athletes, Activists, & Experts, Including McCourty Twins, Champion Boxer Laila Ali, NBA’s Jason Collins, Olympic Legend Dr. John Carlos, Other Changemakers BOSTON and LOUISVILLE – “It’s a human right to be concerned about humanity,” said Dr. John Carlos during a virtual roundtable discussion with fellow athletes and...

2020 MENTOR statement on FY21 Budget Request

In response to the White House’s budget request to Congress, MENTOR CEO David Shapiro said: A budget is a reflection of our values. The White House’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposes deep cuts to investments in youth and families that are vital to their daily survival and healthy development: access to food, healthcare, housing, education, before-...

Honoring Representative John Lewis

By: David Shapiro A copy of John Lewis’ 1998 Walking with the Wind sits on my bookshelf but often runs through my mind in the hopes that it will guide my actions. Representative Lewis could have called it an autobiography. His is an exceptional American journey that encapsulates all the stubborn injustice and triumphant progress that lies at the heart...

MENTOR-Supported Bill Makes Progress in Congress, Centers Youth Relationships to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

“The amount and quality of our relationships are a defining point in all our lives, but for a young person, at the height of their development, the presence or absence of positive connections often dictates their future course,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  There are a host of reasons why students miss school...

Reflecting on Jacob Blake and Racial Injustice

On Monday, police shot Jacob Blake in front of his children. This horrific display of police violence against a Black man is the most recent, public example of racial injustice. As we have seen too often, when the state enacts violence against the people it is entrusted to protect and serve, it alters the course of individual lives forever. It also...

MENTOR Expands Leadership with Addition of Tara Spann as Chief People & Strategy Officer

BOSTON – As MENTOR enters its fourth decade unifying and leading the youth mentoring movement, the national nonprofit is expanding their leadership team with the addition of Tara Spann, who joins as the organization’s first Chief People and Strategy Officer on July 27. Tara will lead at the intersection of human resources, organizational strategy, equity,...

MENTOR Applauds Bipartisan Foster Youth Mentoring Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2019 Bass, Bacon Introduce Bipartisan Foster Youth Mentoring Act WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) introduced legislation to authorize funding to support mentoring programs that have a proven track record in serving foster youth. Rep. Bass and Rep. Bacon both serve as co-chairs...

MENTOR Signs On To National Child Abuse Coalition Letter to Congress

“We stand in solidarity with many partners including the National Child Abuse Coalition, Child Welfare League of America, and First Focus in re-asserting that the well-being of all young people must be a national priority. Extensive research demonstrates that separating children from families causes trauma that will negatively impact their development...

Boston Celtics Rookie Grant Williams Sparks Virtual Youth Mentoring Initiative

Boston Celtics Rookie Grant Williams Sparks Virtual Youth Mentoring Initiative Player Joins Mentoring Experts to Engage High Schoolers While Physically Distancing BOSTON – To ensure physical distancing does not mean social disconnection, NBA player Grant Williams is engaging and supporting local youth with his just-launched virtual mentoring group....

MENTOR NATIONAL’S STATEMENT ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

There are no perfect words to capture grief and anger, but there are simple ones we must use as our guide: Be there for and with our young people. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd — and far too many others whose names we may not know — are urgent reminders that the tragedies and realities of racism, violence, and injustice...

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