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Mentoring can be the difference between child success and failure

Today, I attended a kick-off meeting for a local Homeless Education Literacy Program (HELP).  I learned many lessons at the meeting that reinforce our priority of meeting the literacy needs of homeless youth and families, moms and children torn by domestic violence, and young people enrolled in mentoring programs – and the power of magazines provided to support mentoring relationships.  We discussed many scenarios about homeless students – each overwhelming on their own, and especially so when considered together as the underlying tattered fabric of this and too many communities.  There were stories about children living in temporary motel shelters; families living in cars; and overtaxed relative care.  There were also success stories – all along a common thread – that for each there had been one person – a caring, appropriate, dependable adult engaged in a child’s life to provide guidance and support.  This underscores the importance of mentoring and demonstrates that one person truly can make a difference in the life of a child.

  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Inc

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    Wyandanch, NY

    Serving the following number of individuals on a monthly basis:
    550 children ages 0-17
    630 adults ages 18-59
    35 seniors ages 60+

    Magazines Requested: Magazines for a wide age range of readers on topics such as cooking, women’s health, automobiles, teen trends, kids magazines etc.

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

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    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

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