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Another year is wrapping up and MUSA would like to celebrate our mentors and accomplishments, and give you a sneak peak in to what to expect in 2012. As always, we are indebted to our wonderful mentors, donors and supporters for helping us serve so many youth this year! We wish all of you the very best for this holiday season!


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Milestones of the Year: At the top of the year, Mentoring USA was invited to participate in the National Mentoring Month Summit in Washington D.C on January 25th. Memorable moments from the Summit included Polished Pebbles-Bloomingdale’s mentee, DeneenBorner, receiving the privilege of introducing First Lady Michelle Obama. Also during the Summit, Mentoring USA’s mentor, Richard Pitelli, proudly accepted the award for Mentor of the Year. Mentoring USA also celebrates the efforts of our mentors this year who have committed over 2,500 hours to change the lives’ of children!

Continual Local and National Growth: Nationally, through our partnership with Bloomingdale’s, we have expanded to Maryland, Philadelphia, and California.  Locally, La Salle Academy and Grace Dodge High School via Committee for Hispanic Children and Families have joined with Mentoring USA to bring services to young high school men. Through the partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Middle School Mentoring Initiative, we have also delivered mentoring services to PS 191.

Awards & Kudos: On September 22nd, Mentoring USA Founder, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award which recognizes and honors individuals who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, education, citizenship, philanthropy, community services, and other humanitarian concerns that reflect Mrs. Roosevelt’s ideals.

More recently, Mrs. Cuomo received the prestigious award on November 14th from the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation.  She was honored with the Champion for New York’s Children and Families Award.  Foundation Board President Elizabeth Walker stated, “Mrs. Cuomo, whose distinguished leadership on children’s issues spans decades, is an exemplar for our state…She was a visionary First Lady of New York whose advocacy on behalf of children and families continues today, making the world a better place and inspiring all who are blessed by her leadership.”

On November 30, Mentoring USA’s Executive Director, Stephen Powell, was honored as Mentor of the Year at the Determined to Educate, Inc.’s Third Annual Awards Fundraising Gala.  Congrats to our Matilda Cuomo and Stephen Powell!!

Mentor Spotlight

Kelly Savala, Mentor since 2008
“I have been very fortunate in my life to have a terrific family, friends, teachers, coaches and role models.  Without their guidance, support, and love, I would not be the woman I am today nor be as successful as I am.”

Bruce Ross, Mentor since 2010
“Mentoring USA makes it easier for everyone to get the most out of the experience.  It makes me feel like my time is being used for what I really want to be doing — interacting with my mentee.”

National Mentoring Month January 2012

The theme for the 2012 National Mentoring Summit on January 24 and 25th is Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child, which captures the long-term benefits for young people, their mentors and their communities that an investment in quality mentoring can offer.

During this month, Mentoring USA will be having Mentor/Mentee appreciation activities, Bloomingdale’s will have its Mentoring USA Window Unveiling which uses images created by mentees, and a Mentor Happy Hour event at Latitude Bar and Grill.

Please be on the lookout for details on the events in your email.

Thank You…

As you’ve read in this newsletter, 2011 has been another great year for Mentoring USA! The MUSA staff has worked hard to ensure quality programing for our mentors and mentees, but we could not have done this without our supporters and funders. So we’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped us to make this a successful year!

  • NYU & Pace University Interns: Guillermo ‘Chato’ Roque, Andrine Trotman, Safi Ali-Khan
  • 50 Sutton Place South, New York
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Bridges and Tunnels
  • Columbia University Athlete Department
  • Creativ Design
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation
  • Open Society Foundation/CBMA
  • Pajama Project
  • Sunglass Hut
  • The Coca Cola Company

As we prepare for 2012, many schools, foster care agencies and community partners are waiting to partner with Mentoring USA. MUSA’s vision is to continue our expansion. Help us positively affect the lives of more youth! Please consider making a year-end financial contribution today! Hundreds of kids are counting on you! Thank you!