National Mentoring Month and Fort Meade schools

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Larry Whitley Sr., Fort Meade Chief of Command Information

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools on Fort Meade continue to improve the educational offerings and socialization of students through embracing opportunities beyond the core instructional aspects within the public school system.

With January designated as National Mentorship Month, there are many things in work at Fort Meade to enhance the learning experiences of students go far and wide, and improved test scores are just part of the reason that these efforts are in place.

The focus on the education of our youths recognizes the importance of an education and learning system that supports a country that gives great attention on the evolution of the educational process. A significant part of evolving the educational process is the integration of mentoring as important to a well-rounded educational experience for America’s youths.

President Barack Obama recently issued a presidential proclamation declaring January 2017 as National Mentoring Month, continuing a national focus on the need to use all available assets to enhance how America’s youths are educated and prepared for both continued education and introduction into America’s workforce (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/28/presidential-proclamation-national-mentoring-month-2017).

The Presidential proclamation reads in part:

“With every generation, our Nation has expanded the essential idea that no matter who you are or where you come from, America is a place where — with hard work and perseverance — you can make it if you try. Although obstacles and challenges along the way can be discouraging, the mentorship and support of others have always motivated our people to persevere — even in the toughest of times. At the start of each new year, we observe National Mentoring Month to honor the parents, families, teachers, coaches, and mentors who pour their time and their love into lifting up America’s daughters and sons.

“Nobody succeeds on their own. Each young person’s strength and resilience is fostered by those who have taught them they can do anything they put their mind to. Whether helping mentees study for a test, learn a new skill or lift their heads up after a setback, mentors provide the chance they need to move forward and set their sights even higher.

“And in helping mentees achieve their goals, mentors can inspire them to reach back and provide the same support to someone else in need of a mentor. To learn how you can mentor and make a lasting difference, visit www.Serve.gov/Mentor.”

Mentoring is a real part of what has been integrated into the learning opportunities for students at Fort Meade schools, as well as such opportunities as intern programs with the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, and unique instruction through the International Baccalaureate Programme.

As stated elsewhere in the presidential proclamation, “This month, we reflect on the transformative role mentorship can play and acknowledge the many ways that mentors have helped our next generation of leaders and innovators grow.”

Fort Meade’s mentoring efforts have been in effect for several years, and through the Partnership in Education program, some mentoring activities have taken on the form of partnering elementary schools, middle schools and Meade High with some Fort Meade-stationed military units in a mentoring and tutoring relationship.

Anne Arundel schools on Fort Meade are benefiting from being located on the post that is the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations. The intent is to ensure the focus remains on and enhances the educational opportunities for all of Anne Arundel County school students at Fort Meade.

We all need to be engaged in educating our youths.

More information on educational opportunities and activities on Fort Meade can be accessed at https://meade.armymwr.com/us/meade/programs/school-liaison-officer.

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