National Mentoring Month Proclamation 

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State of Illinois Executive Department Proclamation

WHEREAS everyday in Illinois, mentors help youth in communities across the State—in schools and in homes, on the field and in the library—face the challenges of growing into adulthood; and,

WHEREAS there are few investments more important than those we make in the health and well-being of young people; and,

WHEREAS research shows that young people matched with a caring adult through a quality mentoring program are 27% less likely to start drinking, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 52% less likely to skip school, and are more likely to have positive relationships with adults and to make positive plans for their future; and,

WHEREAS more than 200 active mentoring organizations currently operate in Illinois, and thousands of children in our state already have the benefit of caring supportive volunteer mentors; and,

WHEREAS 96% of existing mentors would recommend mentoring to others; and,

WHEREAS the Illinois Mentoring Partnership (IMP), launched in 2012, is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in Illinois, providing resources, technical assistance, heightened public awareness and advocacy for the state's mentoring movement; and,

WHEREAS the Serve Illinois Commission supports the mentoring work of over 700 AmeriCorps members each year, who are committed to improving the lives of youth in over 40 Illinois counties; and,

WHEREAS less than 50,000 of Illinois’ over 3 million children and youth are currently served in a mentoring program and many more of our children desperately need the support of a quality mentor; and,

WHEREAS mentors can commit as little as one hour a week and still have a significant positive impact on the outcome of a child’s life; and,

WHEREAS January is recognized as National Mentoring Month, and Illinois is proud to step forward as a leader in reinforcing support for this cause across our great state, in an effort to close the gap in youth who do not have a trusted mentor in their lives; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as MENTORING MONTH in Illinois, and urge citizens throughout Illinois to find your place in the powerful movement to foster the growth of the next generation of Illinoisans by becoming a mentor. To find a mentoring opportunity or to learn more about how to recognize your volunteers, visit the Illinois Mentoring Partnership website at www.ilmentoring.org.

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