Mentor a Child, Change Two Lives: Alexandria Mentoring Partnership

The teenage years are often a lonely and confusing time in one’s life. And according to the Alexandria Mentoring Program, 50% of Alexandria’s young people live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their full potential. With mentoring, that risk is dramatically reduced.

That is why, in 2006, The City of Alexandria and Alexandria City Public Schools officials sought to strengthen programs for youth throughout Alexandria by starting the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership.

Why Mentor?

Just 4 hours a month can change a young person’s future!

Mentoring decreases the risk of crime, teen pregnancy, gang involvement, drug abuse and poor school performance. By becoming a mentor, you are changing two lives and making an investment in your community. Each mentored child has the potential to give to others like them the same support and care they have received. There’s a reason 99% of mentors recommend becoming a mentor to others.

How Mentoring Works

No prior experience is required, the AMP provides you with extensive training on how to be an effective mentor. Mentoring can be one-on-one, school-based, activity based, or group based. Professional guidance and support is available for all mentors. The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership offers several mentoring programs including the iMovie Mentors, which produced the video above.

Become A Mentor Today!

To help make their vision a reality, and to truly change a young person’s life, visit the AMP website, call (703) 746-4506, or email mentoring@alexandriava.gov

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Note: Tracy Viselli contributed to this column.

About Kevin Dauray
Born in Alexandria, Virginia. I attended George Mason University, graduating in 2004 with a Creative Writing degree. In January 2008, I enrolled in the Radio Announcing curriculum at the Columbia School of Broadcasting. At present, I am a CSB graduate and former WBIG 100.3 intern, working as a writer for the non-profit foundation Act for Alexandria. According to friends and family, my brain is a music encyclopedia!

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