Leaders To Address Urgent Area Need For Youth And Family Mentoring
20, 2000 -- Community leaders will examine the benefits
and impact of mentoring -- while exploring the possibility of creating
new ways to address unmet mentoring needs in the Charlottesville/Albermarle
area -- during a day-long event Jan. 28 at Monticello High School.
House, the United Way and the Weed and Seed Network will present
a Community Summit on Youth and Family Mentoring from 8:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the school.
the summit, approximately 100 representatives from churches, businesses,
governmental agencies, non-profit groups and schools will learn
about mentoring programs that connect volunteers with children and
families who need caring support. After learning about youth and
family mentoring programs throughout Central Virginia, participants
will develop a community action plan to expand the quantity and
quality of area mentoring programs, organizers say.
is the largest municipality in Virginia without a Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of America program," said Dave Norris, associate director
of Madison House, the office that coordinates student volunteerism
at the University of Virginia. "There is a huge demand for
mentoring that is not being met in our area."
House, Norris noted, runs the Big Sibling Program that is the largest
youth mentoring program in Central Virginia. Although the program
attracts about 250 U.Va. student volunteers a year, that number
is insufficient to meet demand, he said.
Madison House and the United Way are flooded by calls each year
from families and schools that want to place youth in a mentoring
program," Norris said. "There are a lot of
and a lot of families who could benefit from having more mentors
and positive role models in their lives. We hope to educate and
inspire people to make a commitment."
Attorney General Mark Earley, who has endorsed mentoring as a way
of preventing teenage crime, is tentatively scheduled to give a
keynote address at lunch. Sue Friedman, former director of the Texas
Partners in Education, will also speak at lunch.
the summit representatives of numerous mentoring programs will describe
effective practices. In addition, a representative of the Virginia
Youth Violence Project will describe research on the impact of mentoring.
at the summit two U.Va. students, April Park and Michael Altberg,
will unveil "Mentorville," a new Web site they created
as an online guide to area youth mentoring programs. The site was
developed as a project in a Web publishing class at U.Va.s
McIntire School of Commerce.
Web site will be a useful resource both for people who want to volunteer
as a mentor and for parents and guidance counselors who want to
find the right mentoring program for a child," Norris said.
by Virginia Power, the summit is open to the public without admission
charge. However, advance registration is requested. To register,
contact Dave Norris at Madison House at (804) 977-7051.
in 1969, Madison House annually provides about 3,000 student volunteers
at 80 area sites including schools, nursing homes, migrant labor
camps and other service locations. Madison Houses 16 student-run
service programs range from Adopt-a-Grandparent to Housing Improvement.
United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area brings together numerous resources
in the community to serve individuals and families in need. Its
Volunteer Services division promotes volunteerism, especially by
connecting potential volunteers to community agencies.
Weed and Seed Network is a federally funded initiative that provides
grant money to organizations. Administered through the city of Charlottesville,
the initiative seeks to "weed out" crime by "seeding,"
or providing funding, to promising youth programs.
more information on the summit, contact Dave Norris at (804) 977-7051
Summit on Youth and Family Mentoring
a.m. Opening Session
from Irving Jones, principal, Monticello High School
Overview by Dave Norris, associate director, Madison
Remarks by William Lewis, owner, dup*lex Copy Center
a.m. Breakout Sessions I
Research on Impacts of Mentoring/Elements of a Successful
Mentoring Program by Mark Hiatt, Virginia Youth
Engaging the Faith Community -- LOVE Inc., Faith
Bethel Youth Alive Center
Nuts & Bolts of Starting and Running an Effective
Mentoring Program (Liability Issues, Recruiting,
Screening, Matching, Training, Retaining, etc.)
-- Virginia One-to-One: The Mentoring Partnership
a.m. Breakout Sessions II
Family Mentoring Programs -- Hope Partnerships,
Family Mentoring Program, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Mentors and Fluvanna Correctional Center Transition
School-Based Mentoring -- Lunch Buddies (Virginia
Power), Mentor by Modem Program (Goochland County
Schools), The Carver Promise (Richmond)
U.Va. Student Mentoring Programs -- Madison House Big Siblings,
ABLE Big Siblings, BioTech Academic Mentors, Science Fair Mentoring
Program, Young Women Leaders Program
p.m. Lunch/Keynote Speakers -- Attorney General Mark
Friedman, former Director, Texas Partners in Education
p.m. Breakout Sessions III
Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Can It Be Revived Here?
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Waynesboro and
Steering Teens on the Right Path -- Teensight, TeensGive,
Council, The Elizabeth Project
Weed & Seed and Other Resources for Starting
and Funding a Mentoring Program
p.m. Community Action Planning/Closing Remarks
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857