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File #: 180018    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/25/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/25/2018
Title: Recognizing National Mentoring Month and the Work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region to Connect Philadelphia Children to Positive and Dedicated Adult Mentors.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature18001800.pdf
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Recognizing National Mentoring Month and the Work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region to Connect Philadelphia Children to Positive and Dedicated Adult Mentors.

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WHEREAS, National Mentoring Month, celebrated annually in the month of January, is an opportunity to raise public awareness on the importance of mentoring, recognize the dedicated individuals who serve as mentors, and encourage more citizens to help build a brighter future for Philadelphia's youth through mentoring; and

WHEREAS, Mentoring is a proven, effective strategy that helps children and young adults by matching them with a caring, responsible adult who can provide guidance, direction, and confidence, and research shows that mentoring has beneficial long-term effects on youth by increasing their academic engagement and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors; and

WHEREAS, Mentors serve as friends, role models, teachers, and sources of stability and support during a critical time in a child's life; and

WHEREAS, Thousands of Philadelphia's children are in need of a caring adult mentor in their lives, and closing this mentoring gap will take more investment, partnerships, and volunteers ready to make a difference in a child's life; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia residents, supported by many private and public sector organizations, are making a profound difference in the lives of our young people by serving as mentors; and

WHEREAS, Mentoring strengthens our City's overall economic and social well-being by helping young people fulfill their potential while helping maintain healthy families and promoting more vibrant communities; and

WHEREAS, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region provides children facing adversity with one-to-one, professionally supported match relationships that change their lives for the better, forever; and

WHEREAS, Sixty-seven percent of former mentorees in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence R...

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