FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2015
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Ryan Mulholland, Sam Marksheid, and Rebecca Cheng | (516) 869-7794
Mentors Receive Training in Preparation for Start of My Brother’s Keeper Program
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced that mentors participating in the My Brother’s Keeper North Hempstead program, begun as part of the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) Challenge, were trained last week by the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island during a 2-hour session at Town Hall. Nearly a dozen mentors selected by the Town of North Hempstead were on hand as instructor John Hershey provided some guidance on the mentoring process. Beginning in early November, mentors will meet weekly with students from Manhasset and Westbury High Schools.
The Town has been working closely with the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island in order to determine how best to support, enhance and expand the success of the mentoring program, while using the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS). The NQMS was developed to help mentoring programs assess effectiveness and support individualized needs.
“I am thrilled to have the support of the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island as we work together on the mutual goal of making our mentoring program as successful as possible for the children who participate,” Supervisor Bosworth said.
On September 27, 2014, President Barack Obama named over 100 municipalities across the nation as “early acceptors” of the White House MBK Challenge, including the Town of North Hempstead. MBK focuses on efforts to eliminate opportunity gaps, barriers, and challenges facing youth in our community and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
According to the MBK Challenge, Towns must accept two or three goals set by the Administration. In North Hempstead, the goals are to ensure that all youth graduate from high school; all youth complete post-secondary education or training; and all youth out of school are employed.
If you have any questions on the MBK program, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.
The My Brother’s Keeper Challenge training at Town Hall on October 15th.