On May 31, 2007 Oprah Winfrey, Essence Cares and its partners (including the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and YWCA), and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership launched a call for 1,000,000 new mentors. View a video clip.
We hope that as this partnership raises visibility for mentoring, it will cause more people to view the infrastructure needed to make comprehensive, volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs more available to kids in every inner city neighborhood. That's the goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection.
While a May announcement of a new campaign to recruit mentors is welcome, we hope it leads to more businesses, churches, hospitals and univertisit providing leadership needed in August to help mobilize volunteers as schools starts, and in November/December, to help mobilize donors as the year end holidays stimulate giving. If you'd like to support the Chicago campaign email email@example.com or call 312-492-9614.