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National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide, culminating each year with the National Mentoring Summit.
This year’s theme will reflect on the past 15 years of National Mentoring Month, real life mentoring relationships that have been formed and are thriving, and the incredible impact mentoring has had.
January 2017 marks Tabor’s adolescent caring appeal and public awareness and recruitment campaign, In Real Life. Tabor will be focusing on raising funds for youth who are preparing to “age out” of child welfare and on to independent adult lives, as well as sharing our In Real Life stories to inspire mentors and highlight the impact mentoring has on both the mentor and the mentee.
January 1st-31st you can make a tax deductible contribution to our Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month! Your charitable contribution will provide our “aging out” youth with motivation & success!
Our youth “age out” of the child welfare system and on to independent adult lives each year. We help them through this process as a traditional family member would.
Charitable contributions directly impact their future success by providing them with mentor relationships, life skill training, educational assistance and housing resources. Your support motivates our youth and prepares them for success as independent adults who will lead positive and productive roles in community and society.
Make your secure online charitable contribution in honor of National Mentoring Month here:
January 1st-31st we will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring programs and recruiting volunteer mentors! To learn more about becoming a mentor with Tabor visit our Mentoring Blog!
January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day and we will host our annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner. Our volunteer mentors will come together to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.
January 19th- #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. We will be releasing special thank you announcements from our mentees!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
TABOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES ENGAGES VOLUNTEERS WITH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, IN REAL LIFE
DOYLESTOWN, PA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is celebrating 15 years of the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adult volunteers by sharing In Real Life stories and raising funds for the Adolescent Caring Fund.
Mentoring relationships are defined by the connections made between a caring adult volunteer and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real life decisions, empower them to make smart choices and put them on a path to success.
“The focus of our public awareness and recruitment campaign is to incite inspiration and support by highlighting the impact mentoring has on both the mentee and the mentor. Supporting the Adolescent Caring Fund will ensure that our real life mentoring relationships are thriving, impactful and life changing for our youth who are ‘aging out’ of child welfare,” said Rosaleen Holohan, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.
“Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large part due to National Mentoring Month. Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Nykea Alvarez-Macey, Tabor Mentoring Specialist.
Research shows that mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a mentor.
National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, Tabor is encouraging the public to become involved in making a real life impact by participating in the following events, public awareness and social media campaigns:
January 1st-31st – You can make a charitable contribution to Tabor’s Sadowski Adolescent Caring Fund in honor of National Mentoring Month!
January 1st-31st – Tabor will be initiating dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring, sharing In Real Life stories and recruiting volunteer mentors. To learn more and get involved visit Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.
January 12th is I Am A Mentor Day – A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor mentors have reflected on their experiences and Tabor will be sharing their comments on social media and the Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has mentored is encouraged to share their experience on social media using #MentorIRL.
January 17th is International Mentoring Day and Tabor will host the annual Lehigh Valley Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Yanni’s Taverna in Bethlehem, PA.
January 25th – Tabor will host our annual Bucks County Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Villa Barolo in Warrington, PA. *Please note the date change from the 12th.
On the 17th and 25th volunteer mentors will come together for these private events to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Tabor will also be awarding a mentor with the Mentor of the Year Award. Pictures and video footage from the events will be shared on Tabor’s Mentoring Blog.
January 19th – #ThankYourMentorDay is a day for all who have had real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Tabor will be releasing special thank you announcements through social media and their Mentoring Blog. Anyone who has had a mentor is encouraged to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL.
January 31st – Interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer mentor? Join Tabor for a Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 to learn more about the benefits of becoming a mentor. Register for the event by contacting Rosaleen.Holohan@tabor.org.
About National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
About Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is non-profit community-based child welfare organization. Providing services to approximately 1,400 children annually throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, Tabor is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.
Founded in Doylestown 109 years ago, Tabor’s vision has led to a rich history of serving children and families in need and now serves as a multi-service community-based organization providing in-home child and familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent programs, life skill training and mentoring.
Vernisha R. is an amazing young woman who has demonstrated perseverance and a desire to succeed despite the odds. Formerly in Foster Care, Vernisha has never been a stranger to challenge and uncertainty. Like most Foster Care and transitioning youth at Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor), she pondered over questions like Who am I? Why am I here? What do I want to do? How do I get there?
Vernisha was accepted into Tabor’s Aging Out Independence Program (AOI) at the age of 21 on December 2, 2015. Through the AOI program, Vernisha has been provided with supportive services to ensure she would be empowered to move on to live an independent adult life. Under the guidance of Tabor’s AOI program, young transitioning adults engage in organized activities that contribute to their personal growth and development. The goal is to build on the individual’s innate strengths by promoting self-confidence, teaching life skills, helping them to develop new ways of problem solving, encouraging positive relationships with family and peers, and increase competence as they mature and move into independence.
Vernisha moved from a shaky foundation, through the AOI program and on to firm ground. She continuously fulfilled AOI requirements and demonstrated the desire and ability to go above and beyond. One area that Vernisha continuously excelled in was the ability to demonstrate drive and work ethic. She maintained gainful employment during her journey through the AOI program and graduated from Job Corps on June 27, 2016, as a medical assistant.
We are proud to announce Vernisha’s most recent accomplishment was being hired at Woods Services as a Residential Counselor. Woods Services is a leading advocacy and service organization for people with exceptional challenges, disabilities and complex needs. Vernisha will be a part of and working for an organization that envisions a world where an individual has opportunities and supports that promotes self-determination, the joy of achievement and a fulfilling life.
After the completion of her fist official week on November 25, 2016, Vernisha reported back to Tabor expressing how extremely excited and happy she is to be moving on to this next chapter of her life. She will even receive tuition reimbursement availability as she has a desire to return to school to further her education. Tabor is extremely proud of Vernisha who continues to prove to be an example that a youth with willingness, drive, and some welcomed help can truly succeed. Vernisha is a true Tabor AOI success story and we cannot wait for her many future accomplishments!
The Bucks County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. Caitlin, Buddy and Ben are three remarkable youth at Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) who also serve as members of the Bucks County Youth Advisory Board.
On October 25, 2016, after receiving personal invitations to visit the Pennsylvania State Capital, Caitlin, Buddy and Ben traveled to Harrisburg, PA to meet and greet with Bucks County legislators. Senator Charles T. McIlhinney was the first host of the day and the YAB members were invited to the Senate floor where they then met with Senator Robert Mensch. Additionally, they had the chance to meet and greet with Representative Kathy Watson, Representative Marguerite Quinn and Representative Tina Davis.
This visit provided Tabor youth with a positive and empowering opportunity.
We Thank Senator Charles T. McIlhinney and his office for the invitation and for the positive experience the youth had.
Anna Figueroa, our Parent Advocate for Tabor Community Partners was honored at the 42nd Annual Family Involvement Conference in Harrisburg PA on October 16, 2016.
Anna is constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to get our parents involved, keep them engaged and ensure that they are knowledgeable of the resources that are available to them.
Help Tabor spread CHEER ALL YEAR! Join us as we make the holiday season and upcoming year a memorable one for the children and youth that we serve throughout Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley and Bucks County.
Participation in this program ensures that we are spreading CHEER ALL YEAR by giving us the funds and resources needed to provide 700 children and youth with a memorable holiday and access to the things they need and deserve throughout the year such as birthday gifts, educational supplies, basic self-care items and resources that contribute to their well-being, sense of self-worth and overall success.
Make a charitable contribution in support our CHEER ALL YEAR program: DONATE TO SPREAD CHEER ALL YEAR
Learn more about collecting and delivering (between 12/5-12/15) items containing precious metal.
“Adopt” a child by providing him/her with a gift.
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On Thursday, October 13th, The Thompson Organization delivered 150 new winter coats to Tabor Children’s Services in Doylestown and Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services in Furlong. The coats are part of the Driving Away the Cold campaign organized by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Since its inception in 2008, the program has distributed over 265,000 new coats to children in need.