Last night, FLOC partnered with fellow youth-serving organizations Asian American LEAD, Capital Partners for Education, the College Success Foundation, and Mentors Inc. for a volunteer appreciation happy hour to celebrate National Mentoring Month. It was a great time, with a wonderful turnout, and an excellent opportunity to bring together people from all over the city working toward educational opportunities and other positive outcomes for DC students.
Many, many thanks to everyone who’s volunteered with FLOC this year and otherwise provided mentoring support to our young people!
As part of the celebration, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Beatriz Otero delivered a mayoral proclamation on behalf of Mayor Gray, declaring the month of January 2014 as Mentor Appreciation Month in DC:
Mentor Appreciation Month
WHEREAS, January is recognized as National Mentor Appreciation Month and on January 30, Asian American LEAD, Capital Partners for Education, College Success Foundation-DC, For Love of Children, and Mentors, Inc. will host a Mentor Appreciation Month event at Policy Restaurant and Lounge to celebrate the contributions of its volunteers; and
WHEREAS, this month provides an opportunity to thank those individuals who contribute and volunteer their time, talent and energy to make a significant impact on the lives of others; and
WHEREAS, a caring adult mentor can play a positive role in helping our youth boost their academic achievement, school attendance, community engagement and postsecondary access and success; and
WHEREAS, a day during the month of January is also set aside as “Thank Your Mentor Day” to express appreciation and recognize a mentor who has contributed and made an impact on someone’s life:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, do hereby proclaim January 2014, as “Mentor Appreciation Month” in Washington, D.C. and call upon all residents of this great city to join me in commending these individuals for all they do to be good role models and encourage our youth.