Many of you have heard me mention the Community Connectors Grant which enabled the creation of Marion Mentors 21.  Below is a short description of the grant and a quote from Governor Kasich.  For more information click here to view the Community Connectors website.

In his 2014 State of the State address, Gov. John R. Kasich outlined a new proposal to bring together families, community organizations, faith or values based organizations, businesses and others in support of our schools and to mentor students. Community Connectors provides $10 million in 3-to-1 matching grants that will help give more Ohio students access to role models who can help motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace.

“The power of mentorship holds great promise to help us better connect our communities with our schools, and lift up our educators and our kids. We can show them why learning matters, we can teach them about workplace culture and professional etiquette. We can help them appreciate how important good character is to success in life as well as values like hard work, discipline and personal responsibility—all of which can help motivate and inspire them to find their purpose and to reach for the stars.”  —  Gov. John R. Kasich