January 2006__The Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership created National Mentoring Month, and helped proclaimed January as the month to celebrate mentoring. They are leading the NMM 2006 effort in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Points of Light Foundation, and other nonprofit groups. The Association of Haitian Professionals is currently into their second year of mentoring and tutoring young minds in our community.
“Since October 2005, a dozen AHP volunteers have offered their help and support to Haitian-American students in grades K-12. Every Saturday, these volunteers meet with their assigned student at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Washington, D.C. to provide aid in subjects ranging from science and math to reading and writing. Tutoring will be provided through June 2006 and we are currently looking to expand our service to another location in suburban Washington, D.C.
As a result of this program, AHP professionals have had the opportunity to give back to the young minds of the community, and the students appreciate the positive effects of being tutored by a caring adult.
Community service is the cornerstone of AHP’s existence and we are always seeking more volunteers. For more information on how you can become a mentor/tutor and the training requirements, contact our Community Service Officer, [Manes Pierre],”
As January comes to a close, we realize that it takes more than a month to mentor a child. We applaud the initiative that The Association of Haitian Professionals has taken.
(Photos courtesy Association of Haitian Professionals)