CUMBERLAND, RI (January 24, 2011) – The Mentoring Program created by The Children's Workshop, a provider of child care and early education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, was recognized on January 19, 2011 by the Rhode Island State Senate at a meeting where the Senate unanimously voted to proclaim January, 2011 to be "National Mentoring Month" in the State of Rhode Island.
Two representatives of The Children's Workshop, Regional Manager Alison George and Director of Parent and Community Engagement, Kelli DiDomenico, were present at the session. George and DiDomenico jointly created The Children's Workshop's Mentoring Program at the end of 2010 in cooperation with RI Mentoring Partnership, a RI non-profit. The Program's mission is "To enhance the lives of our youth by providing them with the guidance necessary for a successful future through mentoring." It seeks to match willing mentors with at risk children and will be launched later this year first in the Warren/Bristol school system and soon after throughout other communities in Rhode Island.
Research shows that children who have a mentor are less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol, less likely to skip school, and less likely to engage in violence. Creating a Mentoring Program was a natural step for The Children's Workshop, an organization committed to helping children reach their full potential. CEO David MacDonald supports the Program completely: "The Mentoring Program is a way that The Children's Workshop can make a difference in the communities we serve". If we can in some small way make a difference in a child's and their family's life we will all be the better for it.
The Program is actively seeking and interviewing mentor candidates. For more information about the program or to apply to be a mentor yourself, please contact Kelli or Alison at 401-334-0100.