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Mayor’s Mentors celebrates National Mentoring Month

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and his Mayor Mentor’s initiative will be celebrating National Mentoring Month in January by ramping up efforts to recruit mentors. Mayor’s Mentors Rallies will be held at local businesses to recruit mentors and public service announcements will be airing on TV and radio.

Since the Dec. 7 kickoff luncheon, 524 volunteers have signed up to be Mayor’s Mentors. Of those, 376 have been placed with one of the five in-school mentoring partner organizations for training and pairing with mentees. Mayor Brown set an initial goal of 500 new school-based mentors in place by April 1. This goal will be expanded as more organizations are trained and brought under the umbrella of Mayor’s Mentors, as there are thousands of students in Jacksonville that would benefit from mentorship.

Mayor Brown recorded Mayor’s Mentors public service announcements, which are being played on WJCT, Renda Broadcasting, Clear Channel and Cox radio stations and First Coast News, CBS47/FOX30 Action News and WJXT Channel 4 television stations.

Mayor’s Mentors Rallies will be scheduled in January for Brightway Insurance, VyStar, JEA, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, EverBank, Duval Teachers United Retired Teachers, the Jacksonville Giants, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, UPS, NorthgateArinso, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, CitiGroup, Gateway Community Services, Everest University, McCall’s Service, the Jacksonville Alliance of Black School Educators, the Duval County Health Department and the Greater Harvest Christian Fellowship of Jacksonville.

For more information, call United Way’s 2-1-1 or visit www.nefl211.org.


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