For Immediate Release
January 21, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Kansas Legislature passes resolutions declaring
January National Mentoring Month

The Kansas House and Senate passed resolutions today declaring January National Mentoring Month (SR 1806, HR 6006) to encourage more Kansans to get involved with statewide mentoring efforts and to recognize those individuals already dedicating their time.  The resolutions were sponsored by Senators Steve Morris and Roger Reitz, and Representatives Bob Bethell and Tom Hawk.

Coach Bill Snyder, co-chair of the Kansas Mentors program, and mentoring matches from several Kansas programs were in attendance including representatives from: 4-H Youth Development, Compeer of Topeka, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, YouthFriends and Youth Horizons. 

“The passing of these resolutions will bring statewide attention to all young Kansans who could benefit from the support of a caring role model,” said Snyder.  “The development of our youth is so very crucial to the future of our state and therefore we share our sincere gratitude with the Kansas Legislature for helping to bring attention to statewide efforts.”

Today also marks National Thank Your Mentor Day.  A highlight of National Mentoring Month, this day provides an opportunity for all Kansans to share their gratitude with those individuals who have made an impact. 

Kansas Mentors, the lead for the state’s mentoring month celebrations, encourages individuals to consider “passing on” their thanks by signing up to mentor a young Kansan.  To view a statewide directory of programs visit the Kansas Mentors’ website at: www.KansasMentors.org

Kansas’ celebration of Mentoring Month joins a national effort spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  To learn more visit: www.nationalmentoringmonth.org