Recently, MENTOR Minute featured Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Promise Coaches initiative, which gives adults with the skills and resources needed to mentor young people through high school and on to higher education.
Mayors in the following cities have also recently announced efforts to include quality mentoring as a key component of citywide efforts in response to pressing issues:
- Tulsa, OK, Mayor Dewey Bartlett
Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s Mayor’s Mentoring Breakfast during National Mentoring Month was not only a celebration, but also a call to increase the number of mentors who volunteer in one-to-one and school-based settings. "Mentoring is not just a one-day-a-week effort, it's a long-term commitment," Bartlett said in his remarks. Panelists at the breakfast who attested to the positive outcomes of mentoring represented organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce (Partners in Education), the YMCA and Capital One. The mayor’s wife, Victoria, has spearheaded the "Mentoring to the Max" program for several years, and she recruits others to experience the joy of mentoring. “I have a vision for this city," she said. "We have 10,131 children that live in poverty. I believe that we need to recruit every corporation, every faith-based group to go into our public schools, to allow their employees to go one hour a week to read to a child and stay with that child all the way through high school. We will be interrupting the cycle of poverty." To read more about the mayor’s involvement in Tulsa mentoring, click here.