Graduation 2016 and Ninth Grade Transition
From what we heard from guests at our 2016 Annual Celebration, this event was the best ever!
Board chair Ken Williams welcomed Debra Alfarone from WUSA9 for her second year as MC; then Debra shared her personal stories and warmed the room with her humor and authenticity. Manon Matchett from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region introduced Quito Swan, Associate Professor of History at Howard University, who gave a powerful Inspiration Keynote address full of real life advice of courage and love for our students. Donna Tanenbaum from CoStar and Rita Parks from River Road Universalist Unitarian Congregation presented the Mentors, Inc. and River Road scholarships to two graduating seniors – and the audience donated over $4,000 to support our graduating seniors and new mentoring matches.
Then there was the best supporting cast ever -- guests who helped our teens learn to network during the reception, teaching valuable skills for engaging one person and the world. And the families who cheered in the audience, or stood at the podium with their graduates sharing their moving stories of personal growth, change, and resilience. Even those of you who could not attend still sent in your donation for new students in our program.
But the highlight was our students: the newly matched, one-year anniversary, and two-plus anniversary students committed to their mentoring relationships; the 9th graders being promoted and making it through the most challenging school transition; and the seniors who are soon-to-be graduates heading off to college.
Our students succeed because you care! We thank you ALL for celebrating their journeys through mentoring, school, and life.