In the Presidential Proclamation issued in December 2010, President Barack Obama declared January 2011 as National Mentoring Month. The President called upon all public officials, educators and Americans across the country to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and programs. In concordance with this presidential call, Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) program will recognize 21 young men, all seniors who have matriculated through the CTAG program since 9th grade and attended the Morehouse College graduation in May 2008.
A reunion luncheon of these 21 young men and their CMSD Linkage Coordinators/Mentors will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Cleveland on Jan. 13.
During the luncheon, district officials will recognize the strides of students who entered the CTAG program in the 9th grade and were exhibiting early warning signs that lead to dropping out of high school. Now, four years later all 21 young men are on target to be Class of 2011 high school graduates, a triumph that may not have been possible without the influence of the program and its supports, namely their mentors.
Along with the student recognition, the CTAG program will also take the time to recognize Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. A theologian, pastor and civic leader, Reverend Moss is one of America’s most influential religious & civic leaders. Reverend Otis Moss was also very influential in facilitating the exposure trip in 2008 which has been deemed life transforming by many of these young men.
“Our linkage coordinators have made the difference in these young men’s lives because they have encouraged them, believed in them and guided them over the last four years,” said Renee T.