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February 2016

Message From Our President and an Important Call for Nominations

Dear Colleagues,  

Congratulations to all for a successful National Mentoring Month!  For the first time we partnered with many of you to launch a robust social media campaign that highlighted the value of mentoring and shared many inspirational “In Real Life” mentoring stories.   We were happy to join several programs throughout the month for mentor breakfasts, evening showcase events, media interviews and various celebrations that focused on raising awareness on the impact of mentoring.  

We were also proud to host the first Connecticut Mentoring Fund press conference on January 28, 2016.    The conference was attended by CT legislators representing the districts of programs that received funding in 2015.   Through this fund created by the CT General Assembly and investments from First Niagara Bank, 10 local mentoring programs received grants resulting in the expansion of mentoring best practices, the recruitment of 100 mentors, 375 new matches and 1,100 enhanced mentoring relationships.    And, while all this was happening at the Legislative Office Building, part of our mentoring team was attending and presenting at the National Mentoring Summit. Hannah, Sandi and Roland were energized by participating in key workshops and meeting mentoring program staff throughout the country who are as committed to our young people as we are in CT.

As we begin this new year, plans are underway to host our 15th annual Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll Breakfast.   The date is set for Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  This date is set aside to recognize more than 75 businesses throughout our state that support local mentoring programs and some special honorees.   Through this newsletter, we urge you to use the opportunity to nominate in three categories:

Nominate businesses to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll;
Nominate mentors to be inducted into the CT Mentoring Hall of Fame;
For the very first time this year, nominate a mentee for the Mentee of the Year Award.

Please submit your nominations no later than Friday, February 26, 2016.  Selected nominees will be honored and recognized during the breakfast celebration on April 6, 2016.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon at our upcoming trainings, mentoring hub meetings, and webinars, and certainly at the Corporate Honor Roll breakfast on April 6, 2016.


Jill Spineti

President and CEO

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