The official proclamation read:
Whereas, our community has a number of teachers, community volunteers, police officers and individuals who support the mentoring movement and work selflessly to improve our childrens odds for success in overcoming adversity, and
Whereas, one way to return the favor is to recognize and honor Mt. Juliets mentors for their efforts as positive adult role models to children facing challenges every day, and
Whereas, mentors are an important part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement, where research has shown that children engaged in the one-to-one professionally supported mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to finish high school and less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol, skip school, or be involved in violence, and
Whereas, in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, there are many young people, especially vulnerable children of single parents or those who have one or more parents incarcerated or otherwise absent from the home, who benefit from the mentoring movement.
Now, therefore, in honor of the significance that mentoring plays in our community, I, Ed Hagerty, Mayor of the City of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as Mentoring Month in the City of Mt. Juliet and encourage all citizens, businesses, public and private agencies, religious and educational institutions to join the mentoring movement.
We applaud Mayor Hagerty for honoring this movement and for his ongoing commitment to the welfare of Mt. Juliets children, commented Lowell Perry Jr., CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. National Mentoring Month is an excellent time for us to not only stop and thank our supporters championing the cause each and every day but also to ask others not currently engaged with us to join us and invest their time, talent, and treasure in our children.
Right now in Mt. Juliet and the surrounding Wilson County area, there are five children approved for the program and waiting for a mentor.There are multiple options for volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister for these waiting children individuals can visit the agencys website, www.mentorakid.org or call them at 329-9191 to learn more and get involved in the coming year.
National Mentoring Month is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a lead partner.
Children with a mentor are proven to do better in school, avoid drugs and violence, and make better decisions.For more info or to volunteer, call 329-9191 or visit www.mentorakid.org.