This Week's Nonprofit Spotlight is Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP)

What is Alexandria Mentoring Partnership?alexandria_mentoring_partnering_logo

Established in 2006 by City staff, mentor program representatives, and community volunteers, the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is focused on providing underserved children throughout Alexandria with mentors. As the leading organization for mentoring programs in Northern Virginia, it serves as the primary place for mentor and mentee referrals, and it offers other mentor programs a chance to discuss the most efficient methods for mentor recruitment, training, and support. 

AMP's Mission

AMP is attempting to grant all the children residing in the City of Alexandria the academic or social assistance they require. AMP has collaborated with other mentoring programs from the area to increase mentor recruitment, improve mentor screening and training, and take several other important steps.

AMP Program Highlights

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS): While AMP operates several significant programs, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, a national movement that began in 1902, is important as it inspires kids to arrive at their maximum potential. Through one-on-one relationships with volunteers for about 2 hours per week, children, having experienced healthy activities, grow into confident individuals that are more likely to stray from harmful habits.
  • The Untouchables: Another mentoring program, The Untouchables, which moves boys to a higher self-esteem and to a position untouchable from destructive influences, aids young males of color through business and planning service projects. Moreover, The Untouchables addresses issues such as academics, tutoring, peer pressure, anger management, and communication.
  • Wright to Read: Founded by the Frank and Betty Wright Foundation, Wright to Read directs their efforts to assisting elementary school students with reading. Tutored by volunteeres of the Foundation, the students work for an hour every week in a nearby library. Readers Take the Stage and mentor/mentee outings create a very active and engaging environment for the children.

How You Can Get Involved With Alexandria Mentoring Partnership

  • Become a Mentor: Determine whether or not you are eligible for a project based on age and background and sign up for whatever one of the 9 programs suits you. On the other hand, if you don't wish to volunteer any of these then form your own mentoring program by contacting the AMP coordinator. Of course, with more mentors that the AMP has come more children who, once needy, have been assisted.
  • Join the Partnership: If you have your own mentoring program, work with the AMP in order to improve the overall mentoring process. In doing so, you can receive local, state, and national support and receive referalls of multiple mentors and mentees.

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