L.A. School Board recognizes January as National Mentoring Month

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 10, 2017) – The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously today to proclaim support for mentoring programs and to recognize January 2017 as National Mentoring Month in the District. The resolution was co-sponsored by Board Vice President Dr. George J. McKenna III and Board Member Mónica Ratliff.

“Mentoring is a vital component to the educational process,” said Dr. McKenna. “We are extremely passionate about creating, developing and promoting opportunities to incorporate mentorship programs into the lives of our students.”

Established by the Harvard School of Public Health by 2002, National Mentoring Month aims to raise public awareness of various forms of mentorship, and its positive impact on young lives.

The movement helps address the “mentor gap” by linking potential mentors to youth in need via a national database of national and local agencies.

The campaign has been championed by celebrities and government officials across the nation, including two U.S. presidents and Congress. With today’s vote, L.A. Unified formally joins the list of participating organizations.

“National Mentoring Month is a great opportunity to recognize those who generously volunteer their time and talents to help students in L.A. Unified succeed in school and realize their full potential,” Ratliff said. 

Board Member Mónica García voiced strong support for the resolution and gratitude for those who provide mentorship.

“We celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, and families that for generations have served to guide our youth in our communities,” she said. “There are leaders with and without professional titles with a wealth of knowledge that have supported our mission toward 100 percent graduation in Los Angeles. ¡Gracias!”

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