December 2010 – Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (DMT) joins major, national youth serving organizations in the first ever, National Mentoring Summit to be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., January 25, 2011. The summit will bring together influential mentoring stakeholders from the public and private sectors to chart the mentoring field’s future, expand its circle of influence, and focus the power of mentoring on a set of measurable outcomes.
The summit will be hosted by MENTOR, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and partner organizations. The day-long discussion will bring together America’s foremost mentoring researchers, benefactors, policy makers and mentoring practitioners for workshops and information sharing.
The event will also provide the culminating moment for the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, which is the national media campaign to raise awareness about mentoring produced by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Thousands of programs in all 50 states participate in National Mentoring Month events.
DMT President, David Van Patten is happy to add the National Mentoring Summit to the list of efforts that DMT undertakes to strengthen the quality of youth mentoring. Van Patten and DMT have been committed to supporting mentoring as a primary strategy in positive youth development and have been innovators in the youth development arena for two decades. Van Patten’s commitment to mentoring reaches beyond just supporting the summit in January, he also serves as Vice-Chair for MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council.
The theme for this summit, “Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth through Mentoring” will coincide with the emphasis youth serving organizations are placing on improving the graduation rate of high-school students and deterring youth engagement in the juvenile justice system.
DMT joins other founding summit partners such as America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, College Success Foundation, Communities In Schools, Dare Mighty Things, Inc., Mentoring USA, National Alliance of Faith and Justice, National CARES Mentoring Movement, National Assembly, National Dropout Prevention Center, Point of Light Institute/HandsOn Network and United Way Worldwide.
In addition, Congressional mentoring champions who have signed on as Honorary Host Committee members are: Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), Sen. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
“Twenty years ago, MENTOR was created as a catalyst to grow the mentoring movement in the United States, and today, mentoring is a large and vital field with more than 5,000 programs serving three million young people,” said MENTOR’s President and CEO Dr. Larry Wright. “This National Mentoring Summit will give mentoring stakeholders the opportunity to come together so we can continue our combined effort to serve the 15 million children who are still waiting for quality mentors.”
Summit participants will include representatives invited from MENTOR’s network of affiliated Mentoring Partnerships and from founding partner networks and local National Mentoring Month partners.