Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Who Mentored You? How Can you Repay?

Tramane Montel Ford (in yellow shirt in this photo) got his first taste of acting in 1995 when he became part of the video group at Cabrini Connections. On August 7th he performed his new show, The Tramaine Experience: A One Man Show, and raised money so we can help other kids have similar experiences.

Isaiah Brooms became part of the tutoring/mentoring program in the late 1980s while it was at Montgomery Ward Corporate Headquarters. A couple of year ago he was a Keynote Speaker at the November 2009 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, where he told how his life has taken a positive direction because of the support he received from his mentor, and the tutoring/programs he was part of. Here's the full transcript of his presentation.

Tangela Smith Marlow is another alumni from the Cabrini Connections program. She was the speaker at the June 2010 year end dinner.

Year-End Dinner 2010: Tangela Marlowe from Cabrini Connections on Vimeo.

Tramaine will be one of the speakers during the noon hour next Friday, November 4th as we host the 36th Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference since May 1994.

If you've hosted this many conferences and led a tutor/mentor program for over 35 years you must have learned a lot. You also must be getting old!

Both are true. That's why I'm trying to invite youth who have been part of tutor/mentor programs to come together at these conferences and on our social media pages. I want to pass on what I and others have learned to a new generation of leaders who know from their own experiences how important a tutor/mentor program can be in their lives.

If you know of someone who has been mentored, or who has been a volunteer, ask them what they are doing now to make sure this experience is available to others. Encourage them to visit the conference web site and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site and begin to learn ways they can pick up this baton of leadership and carry it for a few more laps.

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