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Mentoring Works: Inspire, Achieve And Advocate

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area was part of 650 attendees at the Annual National Mentoring Summit held in Washington, DC, January 24-25, 2013. Participants included youth-serving organizations, and representatives of government, civic research, philanthropic and corporate groups.

“This summit brings us together to celebrate and chart the course for high-impact mentoring, which will result in a stronger, more productive society,” said the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters NCA. “It is proven that quality mentoring can help keep kids in school, out of trouble, and on a path toward being productive and engaged citizens.”

At the summit, BBBSNCA’s Little Sister Jhoselin sung the National anthem with her Big Sister Karen Gruebenau. Also representing BBBSNCA from Virginia were Big Sister Alethia Baggett and her Little Sister Maria, who have been matched for four years.

The President of BBBS-NCA addressed the National Juvenile Justice Mentoring Forum, “Mentoring Partners in Action: Successful Children and Safer Communities.” This forum helps form new coalitions and sustains successful mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, school dropout rates, and overall youth adversity in our nation.

Other BBBSNCA staff members attending the Summit included Denise Williams, Vice President of Programs, and Michael Brown, Senior Director of Enrollment of Volunteer and Child Enrollment.

Innovative program models were shared at the summit, new research examined, and future developments were forecasted to help ensure more youth receive quality mentoring. Congressional representatives included Frank Wolf of VA and Elijah Cummings of MD, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer, and Adam Shiff.