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HARTFORD’S MY BROTHER’S KEEPER ALLIANCE LAUNCHES “100 MENTORS 100 DAYS” CAMPAIGN

HARTFORD’S MY BROTHER’S KEEPER ALLIANCE LAUNCHES “100 MENTORS 100 DAYS” CAMPAIGN

 

HARTFORD, CONN (July 11, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin, Council President TJ Clarke II and members of the Hartford My Brother’s Keeper Alliance launched the “100 Mentors 100 Days” campaign to recruit 100 new mentors for young men and boys of color in Hartford over 100 days.  The campaign will direct anyone interested in becoming a mentor to existing programs run by a number of groups, including but not limited to the Urban League of Greater Hartford, the YMCA of Greater Hartford and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford.

 

Hartford’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is chaired by Hector Rivera, Chief Operating Officer of Our Piece of the Pie and Sam Gray, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford.  It was re-convened this past April to serve as an organizational hub for ongoing efforts by various community groups to engage and serve young men of color in Hartford.

 

“Hartford’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance re-focused this year, with a strong emphasis on mentorship,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The MBK Alliance is committed to carrying on President Obama’s initiative to engage and support young men of color, and the ‘100 Mentors 100 Days’ campaign is the first step in bringing organizations throughout our community together in a unified effort.  If you’re looking for an important, rewarding way to carry on President Obama’s legacy and strengthen your community right here in Hartford, I encourage you to sign up.”

 

“Mentorship is a great compliment to my work in the legislature,” said State Representative Brandon McGee.  “As a State Representative, I try to expand the opportunities available to the next generation through legislation.  However, it’s not enough for opportunity to simply exist – young people need mentors to awaken them to their own potential.  Mentoring young people is an incredibly rewarding experience.”

 

“I am excited about the MBKA announcement and I'm thankful for the commitments from the Mayor, our co-chairs Sam and Hector, and Rep. McGee to see this campaign to fruition,” said City Council President Thomas “TJ” Clarke II. 

 

“It is imperative that we find ways to bridge the experiences between those adult men of color that are willing to mentor a young person and have a stake in the Hartford community and young men that need someone for advice, guidance, positive role modeling and someone to confide in,” said Hector Rivera. “Young men in our communities are very keen to know who has their best interests in mind! Therefore, we have to show these young men that they are not alone in their journey into adulthood.”

 

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can sign up here: http://bit.ly/2tH4PTb.  The various programs accepting mentors through this campaign have different eligibility requirements, so interested individuals will be appropriately directed after they have signed up.

 

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