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Mayor Driscoll Kicks Off 'Youth Mentoring Month' in Salem

Mayor Kim Driscoll recently proclaimed January to be 'Youth Mentoring Month' in Salem.

(courtesy of City of Salem) left to right, Stephanie Coogan (mentee), Debbie Stephanides (mentor), Children’s Friend President & CEO Carla Saccone, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Mass Mentoring Partnership Director of Marketing & Public Awareness Rich Greif.
(courtesy of City of Salem) left to right, Stephanie Coogan (mentee), Debbie Stephanides (mentor), Children’s Friend President & CEO Carla Saccone, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Mass Mentoring Partnership Director of Marketing & Public Awareness Rich Greif.

Children’s Friend and Family Services kicked off the Mayors for Mentoring initiative at City Hall in Salem Thursday.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll issued a proclamation declaring January “Youth Mentoring Month” in Salem and launched the campaign, which aims to engage Mayors from around Massachusetts to raise awareness of the need for more mentors in their city. 

The initiative recognizes local mentoring programs and their participants and encourages ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring in their city. 

“I am honored to help launch the Mayors for Mentoring initiative and I call upon my colleagues across the North Shore to join me in this worthwhile effort,” Driscoll said in a release. “Children’s Friend and Family Services Youth Mentoring program has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of so many Salem children. I hope through the Mayors for Mentoring campaign we can strengthen and expand participation in this important program.” 

Joining Mayor Driscoll to kick off the campaign were Mass Mentoring Director of Marketing and Public Awareness Rich Greif, Children’s Friend and Family Services President and CEO Carla M. Saccone and several mentoring partners from Salem.

“We are grateful to Mayor Driscoll and the entire Salem community for supporting Children’s Friend and Family Services Youth Mentoring Program and our core mission to improve the lives of children and promote strong families. We are looking forward to engaging other cities and towns to join in the Mayors for Mentoring initiative and bring Youth Mentoring to their communities,” Saccone said.

For more information on Children’s Friend and Family Services Youth Mentoring, call Samantha Alves, Director of Youth Mentoring at 978-219-1528.

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