Nation's Leaders Come Together to Inspire, Achieve and Advocate at the Third Annual National Mentoring Summit

YouthBuild USA is honored to be a supporting organization for the Third Annual National Mentoring Summit. Carlos Campos, Vice President of National Service & Mentoring will be among the more than 650 attendees from youth-serving organizations, along with government, civic, research, philanthropic and corporate sectors that will be joining together in Washington next week for the National Mentoring Summit at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel January 24 and 25. Tommy McClam, Director of Mentoring, and Kelly Belmonte, Associate Director of Mentoring, also will be present at the Summit representing the good work of the YouthBuild USA National Mentoring Alliance in a breakout session called "Turning on a Dime: The 3 Keys, 4 Steps, and 1 Killer App needed when you must change now."

The Summit provides a platform to share innovative program models, examine new research, project future developments in the field and fundamentally ensure that more youth receive quality mentoring throughout America. This year's theme for the Summit is "Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate." Bank of America, Ernst & Young, Viacom, BNY Mellon, Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC and State Street are among the corporate sponsors of this exciting event.

Summit Convener MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is joined by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and United Way USA as the Host Committee members.

"The National Mentoring Summit is a critical event for anyone interested in how to provide the relationships that increasingly are proven to move the needle for young people in reaching their potential. Quality mentoring is a necessity in finding successful pathways to adulthood, and it is something that cannot be left to chance, " said MENTOR's President and Chief Executive Officer David Shapiro. "With effective infrastructure, growing insights and cross-sector partnerships, we can continue to advocate for and enhance quality mentoring opportunities for our young people so they can find success at school, home and the workforce."

Highlights of the National Mentoring Summit include three special sessions:
• PBS' Groundbreaking Documentary: Middle School Moment. Middle School Moment is part of FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation community engagement campaign supported by American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the dropout crisis. Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz has uncovered a series of indicators that he says can predict how likely a student is to drop out of high school: attendance, behavior and course performance, which he describes as the "ABCs." The star of Middle School Moment, Omarina, will speak, along with Dr. Robert Balfanz and other advocates connected with this critical initiative.
• Peace First Prize. MENTOR will announce a partnership with Peace First to launch a new national campaign to celebrate young people leading change in their schools and communities. The Peace First Prize will recognize impressive young people for meaningful peacemaking work that creates lasting good in a community, neighborhood or school. Five winners will each receive a $50,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years to further their peacemaking work.
The event also will provide the culminating moment for the 12th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, which is the national media campaign to raise awareness about mentoring produced by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and CNCS. Thousands of programs in all 50 states participate in National Mentoring Month events, which is also recognized locally by many public officials and promoted by media and the private sector.

Click here to view a list of our extraordinary Supporting Organizations helping to make this possible and members of Congress serving on the Honorary Host Committee.

About MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. MENTOR's goal is to help young people by driving investment of time and money in high impact mentoring and promoting quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.

MENTOR carries out this work in collaboration with its network of nationwide and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers throughout the country, serving more than three million children in all 50 states.

About The Corporation and National Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service's mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Last year, the agency engaged more than 5.5 million Americans in results-driven service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

About The Harvard Mentoring Project
The Harvard Mentoring Project (HMP) of the Harvard School of Public Health was launched in 1997 to mobilize the national media and leading Hollywood studios to promote the growth of mentoring as a public health intervention of proven effectiveness for positive youth development. HMP is an initiative of the School's Center for Health Communication, which is dedicated to promoting the adoption of healthy behaviors through mass communication. The Harvard Mentoring Project and MENTOR created and spearheaded the first-ever National Mentoring Month in January 2002. For more information, visit WhoMentoredYou.org.

About the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families. For more information about OJJDP, visit www.ojjdp.gov.

About United Way USA
United Way USA is comprised of more than 1,200 community-based United Ways in the U.S., and it is part of a worldwide network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 40 countries and territories. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on education, income and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. For more information, please visit: LIVEUNITED.org.

About National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month is a national campaign to recruit volunteer mentors, spearheaded by The Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Held each January, the campaign highlights the crucial role played by mentors in helping young people achieve their potential. The campaign's goals are to mobilize larger numbers of community volunteers to serve as mentors to young people and to promote awareness of the power of mentoring to enhance a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life. Research shows that mentoring programs have beneficial and long-term effects, increasing the rate of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors. For more information about National Mentoring Month, visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org