The Town of Boone has proclaimed January as "Mentoring Month"
WHEREAS, January 2016 will mark the 15th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people; and
WHEREAS, President Barack Obama has designated January as National Mentoring Month, declaring "Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood. By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation's youth for a bright future. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country", and
WHEREAS, mentoring is shown to reduce instances of illegal drug use, underage drinking,violence, and truancy from school; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, volunteers in Western Youth Network's Mentoring program spent more than 2,400 hours with youth in Watauga County totaling more than $55,368 worth of donated time to benefit our community; and
WHEREAS, "Thank Your Mentor Day" (January 21) promotes three ways to honor your mentor (1) contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation; (2) pass on what you received by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community; and (3) write a tribute to you mentor for posting on www.WhoMentoredYou.org; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Boone is dedicated to realizing the promise and power of mentoring; and
NOW THEREFORE, I, Rennie Brantz, Mayor of the Town of Boone, as a demonstration of the value of volunteerism to this community, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2016 as "THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY"; and January as Mentoring Month, celebrated by the Town of Boone, and urge our citizens to recognize this day, to consider mentoring a young person in their community, and to celebrate this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
Pictured are Angela McMann of WYN, Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz and Charlene Grasinger of WYN.