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Let’s find one million mentors

July 27, 2010

Tangina Sanders, left, Youth Villages’ state mentoring coordinator, gives radio talk show host Michael Baisden a hug at his One Million Mentors Campaign stop in Memphis.

Michael Baisden, an author, motivational speaker and host of the nationally syndicated talk show, The Michael Baisden Show, recently toured Tennessee during his national One Million Mentors Campaign. Baisden stopped in several Tennessee cities, including Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis, to raise awareness of the need for mentors and to motivate adults to mentor children.

Youth Villages’ Tangina Sanders had the chance to address hundreds of Memphians at the event. Sanders shared with them the story of one of our young people who tried multiple times to commit suicide, had dropped out of high school, spent time on the streets and who had just recovered from another suicide attempt and been through drug and alcohol rehab. With the help of Youth Villages’ Transitional Living program and the support of a caring mentor, the young woman stayed sober, got her GED, graduated from college, got a job, married and is now living happily with her husband. She is still in touch with Sanders and her Youth Villages mentor.

“I encourage all of our employees to become mentors – whether through Youth Villages or another organization,” Sanders said. “It’s so important that young people have adult role models. As a Youth Villages employee, you have a lot to give to a child. Our employees truly make wonderful mentors.

For information on how you can become a mentor, visit youthvillages.org/mentor or call 901-251-4825.

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