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Dubuque needs mentors

by Jason Mortvedt

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Over 500 children in Dubuque County are in need of a mentor according to the Dubuque Mentoring Partnership.  These children come from all walks of life and have needs unique to each one of them.  One thing they all have in common is a need for a stable, caring adult who will offer them guidance, friendship, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentored child.  

A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support and counsel to help him or her reach the potential to succeed in life. The Dubuque Mentoring Partnership (DMP) is a local alliance dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, age 5-17, through quality mentoring partnerships. 

DMP's goal is to link all at-risk children in Dubuque County with an adult mentor.  Therefore, the Dubuque Mentoring Partnership is planning a Mentoring Awareness Day on Monday, January 19, 2009.   DMP is planning this event in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. day as a day focused on service.  There will be 3 sessions throughout the day with each session offering a call to action, demonstration of local need, and testimony of the benefits of mentoring from mentors and mentees.  These events will take place at the Grand River Center (upstairs conference room).  The sessions will be offered at 9:30-11AM, Noon-1:30PM (Lunch will be provided in this session - please RSVP at 583-7357 Ext. 299 by 1/12/09) and 3:30-5:00PM. AmeriCorps members will provide child care and children's activities at each session. 

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt 

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