OJJDP Announces the 2011 National Mentoring Summit
January 26, 2011
On January 25, 2011, the 2011 National Mentoring Summit was held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The summit is sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Corporation for National and Community Service, MENTOR, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
This year's summit focused on using mentoring to help youth finish high school and stay away from crime. It brought practitioners, researchers, and mentors together to discuss mentoring research, plan the future of the field, and highlight best practices.
Highlights of the session included speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder; as well as a panel by OJJDP Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski that described OJJDP's mentoring initiatives and stressed the importance of state, local, and national partnerships.
In coordination with the conference, President Barack Obama recognized January National Mentoring Month. In a proclamation encouraging adults to become mentors to youth, he said, "Mentors are building a brighter future for our Nation by helping our children grow into productive, engaged, and responsible adults."
For more information about the 2011 National Mentoring Summit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View OJJDP's mentoring resource page at ojjdp.gov/programs/mentoring.html.
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