January is National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign calling on Americans to mentor the estimated 15 million young people who are in need of mentors.A FoxNews.com story describes the campaign, which is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Celebrities who have participated in the cause since the first National Mentoring Month include Gen. Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, and Kenneth Cole. This year, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation about Mentoring Month, saying that we honor those “who unlock the potential and nurture the talent of our country, and we encourage more Americans to reach out and mentor young people in their community.”Research indicates that mentors can have a significant impact in reducing youth violence and drug use and boosting achievement, according to the HSPH Center for Health Communications.
Read Full Story The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded a $650,000 cooperative agreement to a collaborative of experts who will work together to design a roadmap to prepare K-12 students for America’s constitutional democracy.Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners will bring together more than 100 experts in civics, history, education, and political science to outline a strategy for teaching American Democracy in the 21st century. It will also issue a roadmap that will outline high-priority civics content areas and make clear and actionable recommendations for integrating the teaching of civics and history at every grade level, along with best practices and implementation strategies that teachers, schools, districts and states can use to shape their instructional programs. The roadmap will develop the foundation from which to prepare all students to understand the value of America’s constitutional democracy as well as its past failures and present challenges. The goal is to design a program that will secure a strong commitment to and sense of ownership of that democracy in students.Educating for American Democracy is a cross-partisan effort led by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and iCivics — the country’s largest civic education provider.
… Guyana to tackle Cayman Islands todayBy Rawle ToneyLADY Jags will take on Cayman Islands today at the Estadio Panamericano stadium in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Round-of-16 action, from 19:00hrs. But while even reaching the tournament’s knockout stage is a historic achievement itself, head coach Dr Ivan Joseph is least concerned about making history, telling Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview that “we’re not thinking about making history, what we think about is the present and how do we prepare for this opponent.”“We’re not even thinking about the next game until the current game is done, and so while it’s nice to say that we’re creating history, the reality of it is that we’re playing for each other and we’re trying to make sure that we’re playing for in the moment,” the usually candid Joseph explained.Playing in the tournament’s group stage, the Lady Jags’ only defeat came from defending champions Mexico, where they were beaten 3-0. The loss saw them finish second in Group D behind the Mexicans.Cayman Islands, on the other hand, narrowly made it out of their group which also featured Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and St Kitts and Nevis.In their first game against Haiti, Cayman Islands went down 8-0, followed by a 2-0 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago and they then edged St Kitts & Nevis 3-2 in their final Group H game.Guyana, playing in Group D, eased past Nicaragua 3-1, downed Puerto Rico 2-1, before closing out against Mexico.“We’re in a strong position of success and we’re happy with where we are, but we’re not contented, so we have lots of work still yet to do, but the best is yet to come,” the Canada-based coach said.Meanwhile, commenting on what he wants the outcome of their successful run in the tournament to bring to the forefront of the sport in Guyana, Dr Joseph reasoned that he hopes to see elevation of the women’s arm of the game.“It’s hard to see the men’s game at the level that it is and see all the money that is spent on that programme. We have got to now re-ignite of women’s senior national team with some young U-20s in there, to continue the momentum, which will continue to push us forward,” said Dr Joseph.A win for Guyana today will see them playing the winners between Group H winners Haiti, and theBarbados in the quarter-finals.