DMT Joins First Lady at National Mentoring Summit

By December 28, 2017News

January 2011 – Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (DMT) joined major, national youth serving organizations in the first ever, National Mentoring Summit held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday January 25, 2011. The summit brought together influential mentoring stakeholders from the public and private sectors to chart the mentoring field’s future.

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama provided the keynote address and announced The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, an initiative led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to encourage U.S. companies to launch a mentoring program, expand existing employee mentoring programs or provide resources to support local mentoring programs that help youth gain leadership skills, achieve their educational goals and increase their confidence. United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Patrick Corvington participated in a panel discussion following the First Lady’s remarks about the administration’s work to use mentoring as a tool to improve educational outcomes and reduce juvenile delinquency. The panel was moderated by Director of the White House’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Joshua DuBois.

Companies already stepping up to The Corporate Mentoring Challenge are Bank of America, Deloitte, Viacom, Comcast, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and AT&T. They are committing within the next year to either continue building on existing mentoring programs through expansion, launching new programs or developing new tools and resources for mentors.

DMT President, David Van Patten is pleased 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. “Mentoring has proven to be an effective tool to produce positive outcomes for youth and adults alike, we especially urge New Hampshire companies to answer the First Lady’s call by signing on to The Corporate Mentoring Challenge.” encourages Van Patten. DMT’s commitment to mentoring reaches beyond just supporting the summit in January, Van Patten also serves as Vice-Chair for MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council.

The National Mentoring Summit was hosted by MENTOR, CNCS, the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Founding Partners for the Summit are America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, City Year, College Success Foundation, Communities In Schools, Dare Mighty Things, Inc, Mentoring USA, National Alliance of Faith and Justice, National Dropout Prevention Center, National Collaboration for Youth, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Points of Light Institute and United Way Worldwide.

Dare Mighty Things is a management consulting firm with offices in Portsmouth, NH; Arlington, VA; and New York, NY that specializes in the development and implementation of large-scale programs that impact vulnerable populations. They work with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create programs that empower those who struggle against adversity to become more fulfilled, more self-confident, and more self-sufficient. To learn more about Dare Mighty Things clients, initiatives, and team, visit our website at For more information about academic achievement through mentoring, and The Corporate Mentoring Challenge visit