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Children's Services Celebrates National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and New York City’s Children’s Services joins cities and states across the country in a call for caring adults to become mentors and make a difference in a young person’s life.

“Children’s Services works every day to find support for the young people in our care with the hopes that they can develop meaningful connections with adults in their communities,” said ACS Commissioner John B. Mattingly. “Every child deserves a mentor, someone who’s in his or her corner who can be a friend, an advisor, a shoulder to lean on, an open ear, and an inspiration. Our young people need real life role models and should be afforded an older person they can turn to for guidance and support in making life decisions or just have someone to embrace them. We all know that mentors make a huge difference in the present and the future of young people who might otherwise be at risk. We urge New Yorkers to consider becoming a mentor for our youth and make a positive impact on a child’s life.”

Statistics show that at-risk children with mentors demonstrate improved academic performance and are less likely to be involved in drugs, alcohol and violence. To help promote mentoring, President George W. Bush has designated January to be National Mentoring Month. In New York City, ACS links mentors with adolescents in foster care through the ACS Mentoring Office. To learn more about mentoring a child in foster care in New York City, visit or call 311.

In addition to its mentoring program, ACS also raises awareness through events such as the “Day of the Child” celebration. Held for the first time in New York City in November 2002, the event pairs children in foster care in New York City with caring adults for a day of fun and encourages New Yorkers to learn about making a longer-term commitment to foster children through mentoring.
A list of some of the events throughout the city in honor of National Mentoring Month include:

Thursday, January 24th National “Thank Your Mentor” Day

Saturday, January 26th Mentoring Partnership of New York’s Annual Mentors Day at Chelsea Piers Field House, Pier 62, 23rd Street and West Side Highway in Manhattan.

Mentor Trainings:

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. At Mentoring USA, 113 East 13th Street, Lower Level between 3rd & 4th Avenues:

NEW MENTOR TRAINING: Best Practices & Diversity
Best Practices & Diversity covers the Mentoring USA model, programs, and process for becoming a mentor. Participants learn about best practices in mentoring, including: the role of a mentor, building relationships with mentees, and the importance of communication. While the training promotes personal reflection and sharing, its primary goal is to prepare mentors to work with a diverse group of mentees and mentors. The training is interactive and participants will engage in activities such as role plays and small group discussions. At the end of the session mentors will be fingerprinted. 

This training is REQUIRED to begin mentoring and it is available ONLY for prospective mentors that have submitted an application. If you have not submitted a mentor application please call 212-400-8294 or visit

Tuesday, February 26th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. and Monday, April 7th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Mentoring Partnership of NY will give location details when people call to register.

Mentor Training 101: How to be a Great Mentor
The Mentoring Partnership of New York is pleased to offer a session designed to support new mentors as they prepare for their role. This free session is open to mentors or program staff. Space is limited to 25 participants; reservations required.

Mentors will learn the basic skills involved with mentoring youth. The course will cover effective communication skills, stages of the mentoring relationship, listening skills and more.

To register, please call the Mentoring Partnership of New York at 212-953-0945.

Friday, February 8th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. and Friday March 14th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Mentor Coordinator Training: Developing a Mentoring Program Utilizing The Elements of Effective Practice
For youth development professionals interested in developing a mentoring program, this comprehensive session will provide the necessary tools and information to launch and sustain an effective youth mentoring program. Covered in this training will be the Elements of Effective Practice, the industry's nationally accepted best practice standards for the development of youth mentoring programs that have proven effective in a wide range of existing mentoring strategies.

To register, please call the Mentoring Partnership of New York at 212-953-0945.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. MPNY will give location details when people call to register.

The Art of Fingerprinting: How to Roll Good Impressions for Volunteer Mentors

Make your mentor screening process a little smoother. Learn techniques for how to accurately roll the fingerprints of potential mentors for submission to SafetyNET.

One of the most important components of a mentor screening package is a criminal background screen through a national fingerprint database. In order to conduct this type of screen, potential mentors will need to be fingerprinted by a skilled fingerprint “roller.” This training session will teach participants techniques for how to accurately roll the fingerprints of potential mentors for submission to SafetyNET directly from your office. This eliminates the need for potential mentors to travel to an off-site location to have their prints rolled, and helps to reduce the risk of having cards returned as ineligible.

To register, please call the Mentoring Partnership of New York at 212-953-0945.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects New York City’s children from abuse and neglect. Along with our community partners, Children’s Services provides neighborhood-based services to help ensure children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, Child Care and Head Start.

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