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Evanston Mentors, a newly formed collaborative group dedicated to enhancing the lives of Evanston Youth through Mentorship opportunities, invites adults who are looking for positive ways to impact Evanston youth to a kick-off informational session about mentorship opportunities in our community.  The evening will feature youth and adults sharing their experiences in mentoring relationships. Attending this informational session will make it easy for interested volunteers to compare the time commitments and opportunities of several different Evanston-based mentoring programs that are seeking new mentors.  The session will take place Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center located at 1655 Foster Street in Evanston.  Attendees will learn about the current mentoring opportunities in Evanston and how to get directly involved.

There is strong evidence that mentoring programs have positive impact on the lives and futures of young people.  “Interacting with strong, caring adults is an important way that kids learn to be strong, caring adults themselves” reported Evanston Mentors Founder, David Edelstein.  “When youth have somebody in their lives showing concern for how they’re doing academically and overall in life, they do better,” Mr. Edelstein explained.  Several recent community meetings focused on the needs of Evanston youth have highlighted the need for additional mentors in our community, particularly male mentors. 

The Evanston Mentors project is an outgrowth of the All Our Sons planning group which has been meeting for the past three years to explore opportunities for local organizations to collaborate to enhance the lives of Evanston youth.  The Evanston Mentors project received a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation to raise awareness of the benefits of participating in a mentoring program and to help recruit, train and retain mentors and mentees. 

“This collaboration to connect Evanston’s dedicated volunteers to Evanston youth holds a lot of promise” proclaimed Sara Schastok, President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.  “Building and connecting the resources we have here in Evanston is an important way to help our community thrive” Schastok emphasized.  Schastok will be one of the many community leaders in attendance at the kickoff event for Evanston Mentors on November 27th.  To RSVP your attendance please visit www.evanstonmentors.com.