Group seeks mentors to impact young lives

2014-04-05T17:00:00Z 2014-04-05T19:48:14Z Group seeks mentors to impact young livesRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 05, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

GARY | The Mentoring Trust and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana are launching a mentoring initiative April 17 at Marquette Park Pavilion.

The Mentoring Trust is a network of mentoring organizations that strives to promote mentoring as an effective strategy to positively impact the lives of youths.

Mentoring advocate Eddie Melton, of NIPSCO, and several of his colleagues will be in attendance as they help local mentoring organizations recruit "100 Mentors in 100 Days."

“We’re trying to promote and encourage adults to become more involved in mentoring, Melton said. “This event is to help them connect with local organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Indiana, the Gary Youth Services Bureau and various other organizations. We want people to know about the opportunities.”

Melton said the Urban League of Northwest Indiana is serving as a key partner to help handle the inquiries of people who want to know more about mentoring while promoting mentoring and figuring out how it can provide positive role models for youths and Gary.

“We’re looking at Gary as a platform and how we can roll this out across Northwest Indiana,” Melton said.

Melton said the group also is looking for mentoring organizations to attend the event.

The goal is to identify as many mentors as possible and connect them with the Urban League and the various programs so they can go through the background check process, he said.

“And within a time frame, we’re optimistic we’ll have people who are screened and connected with these agencies,” he said. “We’re going to have a few organizations that have already come on as signature partners, but we definitely want to invite other mentoring organizations throughout Gary and Northwest Indiana if they’re interested in becoming a partner with the Mentoring Trust.”

The keynote speaker for the event is Indiana Youth Institute CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson also will speak at the event.

“The city of Gary is definitely a signature partner in this through the Youth Services Bureau and the mayor’s office,” Melton said. “They’ve been very helpful in getting this initiative in motion."

The business casual reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Complementary refreshments and appetizers will be available. RSVP at garymentoringtrust.eventbrite.com.

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