MentorPrize, a non-profit organization that recruits mentors for local mentoring programs, hosted a panel discussion Jan. 11 at Bethesda’s Edgemoor Club on how mentoring can enrich communities by bridging the gap between the privileged and the disadvantaged.
Anne Derse, a retired U.S. ambassador and community life coordinator at St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Norwood Parish, moderated the panel. The speakers included Reginald Broddie, executive director of Concerned Black Men; former Montgomery County Chief Executive Doug Duncan, now the chief executive of Leadership Greater Washington; Abbie Evans, government relations director at MENTOR; Steve Hull, editor and publisher of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat; and GiShawn Mance, clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Howard University.
The speakers discussed the benefits of mentoring to mentors and mentees alike, and some of them called on the community to educate policy makers at the local, state and federal levels about the life-altering changes that can come from such relationships.
Bethesda-based MentorPrize is committed to placing mentors with quality mentoring programs that suit their interests and schedules. It has worked with more than 175 applicants since its inception more than a year ago. Go to www.mentorprize.org to learn more.