conference to be held Jan. 28 at Monticello High School
a difference in the lives of children and families through mentoring
will be the focus of a conference Jan. 28 at Monticello High School.
Through workshops, panel discussions and guest lectures, a wide
cross-section of community leaders will discuss the programs that
are already successful and what needs remain unmet, with the goal
of developing a community action plan.
day-long meeting, sponsored by U.Va.'s Madison House, the Weed
and Seed Network and United Way, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. The summit is free to participants, thanks to support from
Virginia Power. Breakout sessions will cover research on effective
mentoring, and religious-based and school-based programs in the
Richmond as well as Charlottesville areas. A session on U.Va.
student mentoring programs will look at Madison House's Big Siblings,
BioTech Academic Mentors, the Science Fair Mentoring Program and
the Women's Center's Young Women Leaders. Other community programs
such as Hope Partners and Teensight, TeensGive and the Region
10 Youth Council, which target families and teens, will also be
are a lot of kids and a lot of families in this area who could
benefit from having more mentors and positive role models in their
lives," says Dave Norris, Associate Director of Madison House.
"Mentoring programs connect caring volunteers with children
and families who are going through tough times or just need a
listening ear. This summit will hopefully spur our community to
work closer together to expand both the quantity and quality of
mentoring relationships for folks in our area."
new online guide to area youth mentoring programs, "Mentorville,"
will be presented at the summit. Created by two U.Va. students,
April Park and Michael Altberg, in assistant commerce professor
Kathy Chudoba's Web marketing class, the web site will be a clearinghouse
of resources for mentoring. See www.avenue.org/mentorville.
in conjunction with the summit, a new e-mail discussion forum,
"CvilleMentors," has been created to help continue the
conversations and idea-sharing after the summit is over. Anyone
who is involved in the field of youth or family mentoring, and
wishes to participate in an ongoing discussion of ideas & insights
in mentoring, can subscribe to CvilleMentors by sending a blank
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
information, contact Norris at 977-7051 or email@example.com
or go to www.virginia.edu/~madison/events.htm