February 2021 Newsletter

 Mentoring transforms lives: we connect kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures.

Black History Month is a celebration and time to elevate Black individuals who have been an essential part of our history. Our chapters are still starting for their spring semester, so we're looking back to last year’s activities at this time dedicated to celebrating Black history.

Radford University partnered with a student organization which highlighted three Black inventors who created popular items that are well-used but not often attributed to those inventors. For the hands-on activity, little buddies built several of the items they learned about. One invention, created by Benjamin Thornton Montgomery, was a propeller-based engine. Little buddies used rubber bands to propel little boats they made and raced through water. Other chapters, like North Carolina State University, discussed the importance of historically Black colleges and universities and the impact of step dance to Black history and culture.

Black history is American history, yet it is evident that we still have work to do to make a more equitable and just society. College Mentors is committed to continuing to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.

Can you believe it? After months of planning, Week for the Kids is almost here. Our goal is to raise $20,000 during the week and, to help us hit our goal, we have a $15,000 match thanks to The Ackerman Foundation. We are thrilled to celebrate mentoring all week with a social media campaign and virtual events. Follow our social media to keep up with us!

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We kick off the week with a free webinar with David Shapiro, MENTOR National CEO, on Monday, February 22 at 12pm EST. David will lead a discussion reflecting on the past year of mentoring, how mentoring organizations have adjusted during COVID-19, and why mentoring is more important than ever. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Odle, College Mentors for Kids board director, and Victoria Petriskey, student board representative and president of the Ball State University chapter of College Mentors for Kids. There's still time to sign up and join us!

On Thursday, February 25, we're virtually hosting our first national Inspire Celebration. Inspire, a Year Under Construction, begins at 7pm EST and will be an hour-long interactive event that celebrates our triumphs throughout a difficult year! We will also announce our Inspiring Alumni Award recipient.

We can't wait for you to join us and learn more about the importance of mentoring next week. Don't forget to register now and we'll see you there!

P.S. Do you have a mentoring story you want shared next week? Please fill out this form. There’s also still time to join as a Week for the Kids ambassador!

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