Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Sunday, November 23  •  55°Cloudy Air Quality: Yellow
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 55° Low 49°
RainAir Quality: Yellow
Mon: High 74° Low 46°
Partly Cloudy/WindAir Quality: Green
Tue: High 55° Low 39°
Mostly CloudyAir Quality: Green
Wed: High 39° Low 30°
Rain/SnowAir Quality: Green
Thu: High 40° Low 24°
Partly Cloudy
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Communications & Public Information
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Jan 7, 2008 12:15 PM
CloseComments

No Comments Posted Yet

City of Alexandria Celebrates National Mentoring Month, Seeks Volunteers

The City of Alexandria joins communities across the country in celebrating National Mentoring Month, January 2008, by highlighting the importance of mentoring in the community.

Looking for a meaningful New Year’s resolution or office-wide project? Looking to reduce crime in the community? Mentor a child. Mentoring is a best practice for helping children and youth. Youth who are mentored are less likely to commit crime, join gangs, get pregnant, do poorly in school or use drugs. Young people who are mentored also tend to feel better about themselves and are much more likely to graduate from high school. It takes $70,000 a year to incarcerate a youth; to mentor, it takes one hour a week.

The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, which was formed a year ago, has shown a 20 percent increase in its number of mentors. However, there remains a significant need for mentors. Mentoring requires no prior experience or special degrees—just a willingness to help. To learn more, visit www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring or contact Mike Mackey, City of Alexandria Gang Prevention Coordinator at (703-838-4144, x 242; mentoring@alexandriava.gov). Mentor a child. Change two lives.