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Governor Proclaims January as Mentoring Month in Iowa

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Governor Chet Culver « Lt. Governor Patty Judge

 

 

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Governor Culver Proclaims January as Mentoring Month in Iowa

Governor encourages Iowans to make a difference by becoming a mentor

 

January 3, 2010 (DES MOINES) — Governor Chet Culver has proclaimed January as Mentoring Month in Iowa. As a former teacher and mentor, Governor Culver is an advocate for mentoring across Iowa. 

 

“During my time as Governor, I have been committed to ensuring that every child in this state has the tools and resources they need to succeed,” Governor Culver said. “But a child’s success depends upon more than facts and figures; they must also have real-life experiences and learn from those who came before them. Time spent with a child is not only an investment in that child but an investment in every Iowan, and I want to thank each mentor for their service and encourage others to join them in sharing their skills as mentors to invest in Iowa’s bright future.”

 

Every year mentoring programs in Iowa and across the country celebrate the positive impacts of mentoring in January by raising awareness around mentoring, recognizing outstanding mentors and recruiting mentors for the upcoming year. 

 

The Iowa Mentoring Partnership, a state-supported program organized by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, is designed to bring together and support mentoring programs from all over the state through training, technical assistance, networking and much more. The Partnership encompasses more than 80 programs, with thousands of children and youth experiencing the benefits of mentoring through these organizations. While steady progress is being made in bringing mentors into the lives of our young Iowans in need, mentoring programs in Iowa continually express the need for more people to volunteer as mentors. 

 

If you would like more information on mentoring or would like to become a mentor, please call the Iowa Mentoring Partnership at 1-800-308-5987 or visit www.iowamentoring.org.

 

The text of the Governor’s proclamation is below.

 

PROCLAMATION

 

WHEREAS, IOWANS SERVING FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AS MENTORS TO  YOUTH ACROSS THE STATE HAVE GIVEN THEIR TIME, TALENTS AND ENERGY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL YOUTH; AND

 

WHEREAS, CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN MENTORING PROGRAMS GREATLY BENEFIT FROM THE GUIDANCE MENTORS OFFER; THESE PROGRAMS HELP RAISE GRADES, SELF CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; AND

 

WHEREAS, MENTORS ARE COMPASSIONATE VOLUNTEERS WITH BROAD AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE THAT SERVE AS ROLE MODELS AND BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF IOWA; AND

 

WHEREAS, MENTORS ARE DOING THEIR PART IN “MOVING IOWA FORWARD” BY HELPING OUR YOUNGEST IOWANS BECOME PRODUCTIVE, CARING, ENGAGED ADULTS WITH AN UNLIMITED FUTURE; AND

 

WHEREAS, THE IOWA MENTORING PARTNERSHIP WORKS TO INCREASE RESOURCES DEDICATED TO MENTORING, PROMOTE QUALITY STANDARDS FOR MENTORING PROGRAMS, AND EXPAND MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF ALL YOUTH:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHESTER J. CULVER, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IOWA, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM JANUARY 2011 AS MENTORING MONTH IN IOWA. 

 

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