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UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives hosts Jan. 27 mentor recognition event
(Jan. 26, 2011)--As part of National Mentoring Month, the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and San Antonio Mentoring Forum (SAMF) will host the annual mentor recognition luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. The featured guest speaker will be Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, who will be introduced by longtime local mentoring advocate Barbara Gentry of USAA.
The event will honor outstanding mentors and brings attention to the need for mentors for youths in our community. The event also raises funds for UTSA mentoring initiatives including training and mentoring awareness programs.
The event is part of a National Mentoring Month campaign with many activities across the country. In a proclamation designating January as National Mentoring Month, President Obama praised mentors, saying, "We honor these important individuals who unlock the potential and nurture the talent of our country, and we encourage more Americans to reach out and mentor young people in their community." (Read the complete proclamation.)
The campaign's goals are to mobilize community volunteers to mentor young people and to increase knowledge about how mentoring can greatly enhance a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life. Research shows that mentoring has beneficial and long-term effects on youth by increasing their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, School Districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youths in Bexar County.