MENTOR, a national mentoring partnership, recently selected Cobb County School District mentor coordinator, Maryellen Gomes, as one of nine fellows in MENTOR’s inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.
Gomes was awarded free admission and a travel stipend to attend the summit in Washington, D.C. February 1-3. The gathering, which is the only national convening of youth mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropic partners and leaders, provides attendees with an opportunity to engage in skill-building, peer-learning, advocacy and networking.
With assistance from a founding sponsorship from AT&T and others, MENTOR launched the Summit Fellowship Program to provide a select number of scholarships to leaders from mentoring programs operating with a budget of $150,000 or less.
The inaugural cohort of fellows was chosen based on their leadership potential and experience, eagerness to build their professional skills and networks, demonstrated financial need and personal commitment to helping young people succeed.
“Maryellen Gomes of Marietta, Ga. is one of these dedicated practitioners selected for her commitment to making a difference for young people in her community,” according to a MENTOR news release. “As part of this program, Gomes will not only be able to participate in the general summit programming, but she will also be on hand helping to facilitate two exclusive funder events and have the opportunity to participate in two post-summit cohort learning webinars.”
With a Master’s Degree in social work from Georgia State University, Gomes oversees CCSD’s flagship school-based mentoring program called Cobb Mentoring Matters. Since its inception, the program has created a turn-key program for businesses, churches and civic organizations to play an important role in the educational process for students in Cobb County.
“At the summit I am most excited to represent Cobb Mentoring Matters and share some of our lessons learned for schools looking to implement a school-based model,” Gomes said.
Gomes explained that there is a main reason why Cobb Mentoring Matters has been successful.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all mentors serving in our schools for your time and your commitment to our students,” Gomes said. “I would also ask all our schools to say a special thank you to the mentors in their schools. Our district continues to attract the most caring and dedicated individuals from our communities. Their dedication to our schools and students is second to none.”
As National Mentoring Month, January is an opportune time to thank school mentors or to consider becoming one.