On Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013, the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Mentoring Program hosted a Mentor Mixer. CAP hosts this annual event during National Mentoring Month in appreciation of the many mentors, funders and supporters that contribute to the success of CAP’s Mentoring Program. These amazing mentors are strong role models for area youth mentees and CAP was excited to honor them and show appreciation for all that they do.
Despite frigid temperatures and snowy roads, the wintery weather did not hamper the turn out. The night was a chance for mentors, who are often out meeting with the kids they mentor with, to come together, chat, and share memories from the year. A local young musician played violin as mentors and other guests dined on French cuisine caringly prepared by CAP’s Senior Management team. Hank Leo, CEO of YMCA of the greater Tri-Valley was the guest speaker for the evening and he shared a moving presentation about the important role mentors play in the lives of the youth they serve. CAP also celebrated mentors who have been with the program for a number of years, mentoring through at least two 18 month cycles.
CAP’s mentoring program provides opportunities to Madison County youth who benefit from having a mentor in their lives. Over the last year, CAP’s program matched 35 new youth with mentors and over this time mentors volunteered close to 4,000 hours. This is time well spent with youth in our community and CAP is ever grateful for these mentors.
This past year, mentors and mentees alike enjoyed bonding over program activities like ice skating, scrapbooking, cooking, basketball, book clubs, the annual summer picnic, girls night out, guys retreat, and the annual holiday party. If you or someone you know has an hour a week to share with a local youth, please call CAP Mentoring Program Supervisor Dennis Hoover at 697-3588.
PHOTO: Hank Leo (left), CEO of YMCA of the great Tri-Valley and Dennis Hoover (right), CAP’s Mentor Supervisor.
Community Action Partnership’s Mentoring Program reaches out to approximately 40 Madison County youth each year, bringing activities to inspire and educate the youth in the area. CAP is funded in part by the Madison County Youth Bureau, United Way of Greater Oneida, Madison County Promise, Madison County Department of Social Services and the Women’s Fund of Central New York, all playing their part in creating positive social interactions and developmental programs for the youth.