September 2017

Dear Mentoring Advocates and Organizations, 

The Texas Mentoring Partnership is pleased to bring you our statewide newsletter. This newsletter serves as a way to highlight Texas mentoring programs as well as mentoring news and research from across the country that you may be interested in. Please send us your stories and photos and share this newsletter with other mentoring advocates. Share your ideas for future topics.

Belinda Saldana Harmon
Texas Mentoring Partnership Lead
The San Antonio Mentoring Partnership
kicked off the new school year in support of  mentoring at a breakfast hosted by Whataburger on September 20th.
CIS Alum joins CIS' National Board of Directors

Communities In Schools (CIS), the national network of affiliates working inside public district and charter schools, empowering at-risk students to stay in school and achieve in life, welcomes San Antonio City Councilmember and CIS Alum, Rey Saldaña to the CIS National Board of Directors.
Mentoring Programs Have to Care about DACA Ending

We call them DREAMERS. These DREAMERS, or DACA-mented individuals, are young people who were protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is not actually possible to determine the dreams of approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who are benefiting from DACA.
Reach and Rise Mentoring Program seeks mentors in Fort Worth
Reach & Rise ®is a national YMCA program designed to build a better future for youth by helping them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults. Reach & Rise ®is a free, one-to-one youth mentoring program that was established to provide young people in our community with positive adult relationships.
Register for the National Mentoring Summit

The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, MENTOR Affiliates, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country. Watch the video.
Register Your Mentoring Organization on the Mentoring Connector
Listing your program in the Mentoring Connector helps you recruit more youth mentors and greatly increases visibility for your organization. Thousands of prospective volunteers visit and our many partner sites each month to connect with mentoring opportunities in their own communities.
Texas Mentoring Partnership Kudos, Appreciation & Congrats
Angela Fields, founder of Raes Hope in Dallas has been awarded the 2017 SMU Gail Reece Ward Mentoring Award. (3rd from left, see side photo)

Dan Leal has been named the new Executive Director of the Seedling Foundation in Austin. Former Executive Director, Shira Ledman has retired. We wish them the best.

Michelle Hutchinson has been named the new Director of SA Youth's Youth Build program in San Antonio.

Armen Babajanian of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas has been selected as an Andeavor Leadership Fellow.
SAVE THE DATE - The Texas Mentoring Summit will be held January 11-12, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. A Call for Proposals and Call for Nominations for Outstanding Mentors is coming soon!