Today, I am joining First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Patrick Corvington CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff in the White House Office of Public Engagement, to address the National Mentoring Summit at the Library of Congress.
The Summit, titled "Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth through Mentoring," brings together leading mentoring organizations, as well as federal and state government and civic leaders to develop strategies that leverage mentoring to increase graduation rates among America’s youth and position them for success.
The First Lady will announce The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, calling on U.S. corporations to identify ways to engage their workforce in mentoring activities that help young people in the communities where they operate gain leadership skills, achieve their educational goals and increase their confidence.
We’ll do a follow up blog post after the event to share stories and let you know it went. And, please let us know what you are doing for National Mentoring Month! Email us at whpartnerships (at) who.eop.gov and we will highlight some of the activities and events being held across the country celebrating National Mentoring Month.
Joshua DuBois serves as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships