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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 25 Supporting efforts to promote greater awareness of the need for youth mentors and increased involvement with youth through mentoring. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 8, 2003 Mr. Osborne (for himself, Mr. Keller, Ms. McCollum, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. Ford, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Bereuter, Mr. Carson of Oklahoma, Mr. Baird, Mr. Etheridge, and Mr. Neal of Massachusetts) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Supporting efforts to promote greater awareness of the need for youth mentors and increased involvement with youth through mentoring. Whereas mentors serve as role models, advocates, friends, and advisors to young people in need; Whereas numerous studies document that mentors help young people augment social skills, enhance emotional well-being, improve cognitive skills, and plan for the future; Whereas, for some children, having a caring adult mentor to turn to for guidance and encouragement can make the crucial difference between success and failure in life; Whereas, 17.6 million young people, nearly half the youth population, want or need mentors to help them reach their full potential; Whereas there exists a large ``mentoring gap'' of unmet needs, with only 2.5 million youth in formal mentoring relationships, leaving 15 million young people still in need of mentors; Whereas the celebration of National Mentoring Month will institutionalize the Nation's commitment to mentoring and raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms; Whereas a month-long focus on mentoring will tap into the vast pool of potential mentors and motivate adults to take action to help a young person; Whereas National Mentoring Month will encourage organizations of all kinds, including businesses, faith communities, government agencies, schools, and more, to engage their constituents in mentoring; Whereas the celebration of National Mentoring Month would above all encourage more people to volunteer as mentors, to the benefit of the Nation's children; and Whereas on January 2, 2003, President George W. Bush signed a proclamation naming January 2003 as National Mentoring Month and called upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of being role models for youth, to look for mentoring opportunities in their communities, and to celebrate this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) commends those who give their time and talents to support mentoring programs; and (2) supports efforts to promote greater awareness of the need for youth mentors and increased involvement with youth through mentoring. <all>
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