January Is National Mentor Month. Be The Change Mentor A Child.
1. Because young people need positive, successful adult role models;
2. Because young people need guidance in setting and achieving goals;
3. Because a relationship works two ways. You stand to gain from the insights of young people and helping them succeed is a great source of satisfaction;
4. You enrich your life by helping to build a child’s character & self-esteem;
5. You’ve had help along the way, people believe in you and now it’s your turn;
6. Because it’s a great way to serve your community;
7. When teens become parents or engage in a life of drugs or crime, it’s everyone’s problem;
8. The children who are waiting for mentors are tomorrow’s work force;
9. You will be a hero to a child;
10. Mentoring Works!
White House Highlights Stephen Powell as a “Champion of Change” For Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
12:44PM on January 12 2012THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Communications
January 10, 2012 White House Highlights Stephen Powell as a “Champion of Change” For Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, January 12th, eight local leaders who are following in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change. These men and women, who include business and non-profit leaders and community volunteers, have each taken great strides to improve the lives of others through volunteerism and in providing economic opportunity to others in their community. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET January 12th. Stephen Powell is the Executive Director at Mentoring USA based in New York, NY. A native of New Jersey, Stephen was born and raised in Newark and East Orange, respectively and now resides in New York City with his wife and family.
He remains driven to lead program expansion and technical assistance efforts for Mentoring USA across the nation in major cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Mentoring USA, Stephen worked in program development and management for local and national non-profits and toured the world with percussive-based dance troupe, Step Afrika, which was developed through his collegiate affiliation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (Beta Chapter- Howard University). His passion for mentoring and community are visible is his roles leading the Trinity faith-based mentoring initiative at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, chairing the USTA Eastern Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and providing technical assistance to the National CARES Mentoring Movement. He is also an Advisory Board Member to the New York City Young Men’s Initiative and leads an Open Society Institute sponsored male mentor recruitment initiative entitled MEN-TOUR.
Who is Amachi Vision Corps, Inc?
A program rooted in PassionAmachi Vision Corps, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a passion for helping both youth and adults achieve success in their lives.
Our organization was started by former professional athlete, Preston Taylor. Preston played high school ball at Everman High School in Everman, TX. In high school he played Linebacker, Tight End, and Half Back where he was a Blue-Chipper. He also participated in track and field where he throw the shot put and discus. Preston attended Cameron University in Lawton, OK where he was majoring in Physical Education and Health. He also played football for the Aggies, and was the captain of the team his senior year. After college he started playing professional football by signing in the Canadian Football League. He went on to play for 10 years on the professional level before calling it quits.
That's when he began working in the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) system while on the down side of his playing career. He started helping out a friend that just opened a youth shelter in Weatherford TX. Then he began working for the Fort Worth ISD and the Dallas County Sheriff Department as a Detention Officer. Then he went on to work for a company called U.S. Credit Management as a Debt Negotiator.
After the company closed down, that's when he met Chris Johnson, founder of Launching A Dream. Preston was looking for an opportunity to start giving back. That is when Mr. Johnson gave him the opportunity to start back working with youths again. Preston then wanted to do something in the Fort Worth area where he is from. That's when he decided to start his own non-profit organization called Amachi Vision Corps, Inc. The mission of Amachi Vision Corp, Inc. is to empower youth through education, training and job placement while helping to rebuild communities and their lives. Amachi Vision Corp, Inc. is committed to developing youth and community programs that simultaneously address core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development.
Our MissionThe mission of Amachi Vision Corps, Inc. is to empower youth through education, training, and job placement while helping to rebuild communities and their lives.
Amachi Vision Corps, Inc. is committed to developing youth and community programs that simultaneously address core issues facing low-income communities:
- Crime Prevention
- Leadership Development
We offer an excellent Truancy Program for juveniles as well as GED Preparation for anyone 17 and up.
Truancy ProgramAmachi Vision Corps, Inc. has a broad base of collaborative efforts between the school district, all community police jurisdictions and supporting agencies within its boundaries. The program is preventive rather than punitive. Its primary task is to return truant students back to school as soon as possible.
Truancy has long been identified as an educational, social and juvenile justice issue worthy of public and private attention. It has been linked to many problem behaviors in adolescence; school failure, school dropout and juvenile delinquency, among others. The cost of the program is $85, which includes breakfast and lunch. Upon successful completion, a certificate is issued which can be given to the court to alleviate possible fines imposed which can exceed $300 and higher.
Amachi Vision believes that the youth of today are our future. As an organization, our role is to empower the youth and help them build their self confidence. Goals/Purpose: To empower youth through education, strengthen life skills, and teaching character through responsible behavior while rebuilding their lives and community.
- 5-10 mentors/10-30 mentees in each program session
- Meet face to face once a month, telephone communication
once a week, E-mail each other 2-3 times a week.
- Provide group activities once a month.
- Additional training on the more complex mentor skills such as: Motivation, Inspiring, Building Trust, Managing Risks, and Giving Corrective Feedback
- Ideas for Successful Cross-Difference (gender, race, culture, style)
- Mentoring Career development topics such as: Career Paths in Our Organization, Helping Mentees Market Themselves, Helping Mentees with Informational Interviews, 10 Common Career Mistakes People Make
- The Challenging Mentee
- Successes and Dilemmas We've Faced…and What We've Learned
- Keeping Your Partnership Stimulating (for You and Your Mentee)
- More in-depth training on some of the more complex skills such; as Creating a Personal Vision, Setting Important Goals, Accelerated Learning and Managing Relationships
- How to Be a Better Networker
- Career development topics (see Mentor's list)
- Recognition/awards for program participants after one full year in the program
- Mentors will meet with mentees once a month (30 min. – 2hours)
- One year partnerships between mentors and mentees
- Meetings will be held at the mentees school, house, church, or agreeable location
- Mentors will monitor grades and attendance on a monthly basis
Program Coordinator - Preston Taylor
Also a Certified Notary!
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or call 682-738-6548
Awards and Affiliations
Winner of the 2011 Unsung Athlete Award for Excellence in Youth Development, Super Bowl Weekend 2011
Please show your support by clicking the logo above or clicking here, print the document, take it to the nearest Kroger Food Store and request that they scan the barcode at the bottom. Each purchase will help support our youth having a chance at a successful future.
Preston Taylor is a Certified Notary Public in the State of Texas
Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month activities hosted by local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates will include:
• Thank Your Mentor E-greeting cards for “Littles” to share with their “Bigs”
• Thank Our Donor cards
• Thank Our Parents cards
• Thank Your Mentor Day festivities (January 26 for most communities)
• Take your Little to Work Days (January 13 and 16)
• Pot-luck mixers and receptions to acknowledge the mentoring community - families, mentors, staff donors
• Talent competitions
• Martin Luther King Day of Service mentor match service activities
• Fund and Friend Raising events
Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are based on a data-proven model focused on creating and sustaining strong and long mentoring matches. Longstanding research by Public Private Ventures, a national nonprofit research and program development organization, found that Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, are:
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 37% less likely to skip a class
• 33% less likely to hit someone
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports them in one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as higher aspirations; greater confidence and better relationships; educational success; and avoidance of delinquency and other risky behaviors. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of about 360 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters has approximately 630,000 participants, including our volunteer mentors, their mentees, and the children’s parents/guardians. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.