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Chattanooga Mentoring Collective Celebrates One Year!

June 26th, 2017

Summertime:  a time when most children are surrounded by their friends, families, and camp counselors. The time where you make memories and are excited to take family vacations, participate in activities, and field trips throughout the scenic city. But unfortunately some children in Chattanooga do not have these opportunities.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is fighting to combat that problem and help build positive relationships in Hamilton County by continuing to fight for education, support, and stability. One way to win that fight is through the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective which targets the community and area schools with quality mentoring services to help children and youth succeed in school and life.  One year ago, the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective was launched and now has 10 agencies partners such as; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga, Brainerd High School, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy,  City of Chattanooga, Get Veterans Involved, Girls Inc., Independent Youth Services: Boys to Men, La Paz, Cherokee area council boy scouts of America, and The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. Through those partnerships and commitment from the community, 1000 mentors have signed up and have taken the pledge to mentor youth! 

On Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Chattanooga Zoo, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga’s Youth and Family Development, hosted the one year celebration of the Mentoring Collective’s success. Mayor Andy Berke along with his mentee, Cleavon, greeted the hundreds of mentors and mentees, volunteers, and families who came out to celebrate.  

“It was great to see our mentors and mentees enjoy the time with each other at the Chattanooga Zoo,” said Elizabeth Tallman, United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Education Director. “Our goal is to continue to work with our great partners in the community to guarantee that every child that is in need of a mentor has one.”
During the event, children had the chance to spend valuable time with their mentors by petting and meeting new animals, eating pizza, and interacting with other program participants throughout the evening. Also, several adults signed up to become a mentor through the Chattanooga Mentoring Collective. For more information visit www.mentorchatt.org
We are thankful for volunteers and businesses who donated to make this event successful. 

A very special thank you to the Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga Youth and Family Development, Speedway, and Lil Caesar’s pizza (Dodson). We look forward to next year’s Chattanooga Mentoring Collective celebration. 

All pictures taken by staff photographer, Katy Beth Barber, of KBarber Photography.

Posted by UWGC Staff  | Category: Mentoring

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