BY COUNCILOR NESS:
WHEREAS, young people who have mentors have a better chance of succeeding and are more likely to make positive choices; and
WHEREAS, research shows volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing risky adolescent behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse and youth violence, while greatly enhancing a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life; and
WHEREAS, in Minnesota there are an estimated 450,000 young people who could benefit from an adult mentor; and
WHEREAS, with the support of businesses, communities and caring adults we can help introduce a child to new ideas and opportunities through mentoring.
RESOLVED, that the great city of Duluth recognizes January of 2004 as National Mentoring Month.
FURTHER RESOLVED, the city celebrates the hundreds of adult mentors already volunteering their mentoring services to the community and expresses its determination to recruit more adult mentors to meet the still unmet need for such services.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution recognizes January as National Mentoring Month.