Ambassador Andrew Young
“Power of an example is one of the most meaningful contributions one can make to someone’s life. C2P has taken this concept and developed a program in which college students become the role models for children who are at risk to drop out of school. The Carolyn Young Mentor Walk is a great program named for my wife who was a school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools and has been a mentor to many kids.”
Dr. Gail McClure, senior advisor, National Science Foundation, former VP Programs W.K. Kellogg Foundation
“A high school dropout often lacks good role models and the opportunity to imagine an alternative future. The Carolyn Young Mentor Walk provides both. The Campus Community Partnership Foundation, in partnership with Agnes Scot College, trains peer mentors and offers disadvantaged youth exposure and opportunity to grow in their understanding of themselves and the choices they make.
Dr. Rich Demillo, Distinguished Professor of computing, Director Center for 21st universities, Ga. Institute of Technology
“I was pleased to see the tremendous turnout for the inaugural Mentor Walk event in 2011. This is the kind of program that can be adopted nationally to help reverse the dropout trend and get high schools students excited about learning
Chris Lowe, President, Food service, Coca-Cola North America
“Everyone needs a mentor at some time in their life. The Mentor Walk is a great way to begin that journey of mentoring or being mentored. Come make a difference in someone’s life, so that they can make a difference in yours.”
Dr. Tom Meredith, Chairman of the board Campus Community Partnership Foundation and former Chancellor University System of Georgia.
“It takes many hands to address our country’s need to increase our competitiveness in educating our youth. The increasing number of hands are now joined together to enhance access and success. The Mentor Walk program is an outward example of the progress being made.”
Martha Brooks, Mentor Walk Council of Mentors, advisory board
“The growing gap between those with a college education and those who have dropped out of school, often before completing high school, is one of the most worrying issues in our society today. The additional support of a mentor and peer role model can provide a young person the extra strength it takes to make the right choices and continue the hard work it takes to succeed in school. This walk is a creative approach to driving the cultural change necessary to put all American kids on the track to success.”
Becky Blalock, Mentor Walk Council of Mentors, advisory board
“The Mentor Walk is a wonderful way to engage college students in encouraging young people to stay in school and pursue excellence in their lives. Young people tend to listen to the generation just above them more than they do to adults. You never know whose life will be touched and inspired by the connections made on this journey.”
Gina Simpson, President/CEO of Hands on Atlanta, Mentor Walk Council of Mentors advisory board
“I am proud to represent Hands On Atlanta in support of the Mentor Walk program. The program offers at risk children a nurturing environment with inspiring mentors who, ultimately, guide them to reach their full potential in education. This program is a valuable asset to the Atlanta community.”
Michelle Egan – Americas Lab Leader at Deloitte
The Mentor Walk is a great opportunity to inspire our youth to stretch themselves, while also connecting with other in the Atlanta area, and finding or becoming a mentor. You never know when or where you will meet a mentor and the walk is a great way to join the conversation and potentially make a positive impact on someone.
Jackie Rohosky – Assistant Commissioner of Economic Development Programs for QuickStart Technical College System of Georgia.
At-risk kids see school as a dead-end. The Mentor Walk is a brilliant way for other young people to show them that an entirely new, vibrant and better world is within their reach if they stick it out through graduation. They have to see it before they can dream it. It’s amazing how something so simple as the Mentor Walk can really change lives.