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January 30, 2012: “THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY" PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Saturday, 21 January 2012 08:56

Mayor Clawson Issues Proclamation naming January 30, 2012 as “THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY" IN RECOGNITION of Western Youth Network “Thank Your Mentor Day” WHEREAS, January 2012 will mark the 11th 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 2011, volunteers in Western Youth Network’s Mentoring program spent more than  3,500 hours with youth in Watauga County totaling more than $72,975 of donated time to benefit our community; and
WHEREAS, “Thank Your Mentor Day” 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 your mentor for posing on; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Boone is dedicated to realizing the promise and power of mentoring;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Loretta Clawson, Mayor of the Town of Boone, as a demonstration of the value of volunteerism to this community, do hereby proclaim January 30, 2012 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.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information about ways to get invovled, please call or e-mail Mentoring Program Director, Angela McMann at 828-264-5174 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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