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State Leaders, Students on Campus for

State Leaders, Students on Campus for Mentor Walk

Friday, September 7, 2012

The second annual Carolyn Young Mentor Walk will be held at Agnes Scott College on Saturday, Sept. 15 and a distinguished group of local leaders will take part, including Carolyn Young, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Senator Johnny Isakson, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, State Rep. Stacey Abrams, Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss and Sue Sehgal – founder and president of the Campus Community Partnership Foundation. The event will be emceed by FOX 5’s Amanda Davis.

The Mentor Walk Program, organized by the Campus Community Partnership Foundation, is designed to encourage college students, who will serve as role models, to walk with younger peers, parents, guardians and the rest of the community on campus to inspire children to finish school and attend college. This “near peer” experience will raise awareness for the importance of mentors, celebrate mentoring programs and emphasize the importance of exercise and healthy living.

“Agnes Scott is delighted to partner with the Campus Community Partnership Foundation to address Georgia’s dropout crisis,” said Kiss. “Children need mentors to help them set goals and develop dreams, and mentoring is a vital tool to introduce at-risk students to the pleasures and possibilities of a college education. Together, we can help young people aim high and build a better future for themselves and ultimately for all of us.” 

The 1.5-mile walk around the campus of Agnes Scott, the Oakhurst Community Garden and the beautiful streets of Decatur is open to the community. The walk will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. but participants should arrive at 7:45 a.m. to check-in and participate in some fun pre-walk stretching, Zumba and breakfast. After the walk, there will be an array of fun learning activities that highlight the importance of making healthy living choices with music, art, authors, and tables for student educational clubs, games and lunch.

Mentor Walk is also a forum for stimulating conversation and networking for educators, mentoring groups, social entrepreneurs and organizations that support social responsibility. Mentoring is a youth development strategy and has a positive influence on behavior. Mentors encourage kids to stay in school and further their education by engaging them in fun “near peer” experiences. This experience is paired with an emphasis on walking and exercising for healthy living.

“Our goal is to engage college students to solve social problems by applying their classroom learning in real life,” said Dr. Sue Sehgal, president of the Campus Community Partnership Foundation. “The Mentor Walk program captures this philosophy to address a serious dropout crisis in our state by inspiring near peer mentoring experiences for at risk kids while promoting mentoring and health. We hope that our partnership with ASC will lend an academic perspective for this service learning program.”

The walk is named after Carolyn Young, who has taught in Atlanta Public Schools and has been recognized with several awards and honors for her outstanding teaching career. Partnering organizations include Hands On Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Culture Connect, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, The Annie E. Casey Foundation - Atlanta Civic Site, Accenture volunteer program, Northside Hospital volunteer program and the UPS volunteer program.

For more info on the Mentor Walk or to register, please visit http://mentorwalk.org.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.