On the afternoon of January 15, 2004 at his weekly press conference Governor Jim Douglas declared January “Vermont Mentoring Month.” Vermont mentors and their youth matches looked on.The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP), a project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is spearheading Vermont’s celebration of National Mentoring Month, as designated by President George Bush in early January. The VMP connects youth and adults in mentoring programs throughout Vermont, supporting mentor programs statewide and serving over 2,000 youth.The theme for National Mentoring Month is “Who mentored you? Thank them … and pass it on! Mentor a child.” The philosophy behind “Who mentored you?” is to encourage individuals to recognize the importance of mentoring by inspiring them to think about people in their own lives who provided support, and helped them learn and become who they are today.At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Douglas stated: “The State of Vermont is working to expand mentoring and other volunteer activities… Mentoring reflects the great strength of the human connection. This sense of belonging is the heart and soul of the people of Vermont… Mentors are friends, teachers, coaches, and role models. They open doors of opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and compassion that youth of today need to succeed… They provide experiences for our youth to explore new careers, and opportunities that help prepare the future workforce of Vermont, helping to build a strong economy.”Research shows that youth-adult mentor matches improve student grades, school attendance, career options, family relationships, and prevent drug and alcohol initiation. One of several dozen state partnerships created by the National Mentoring Partnership, the VMP provides training, certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community.A media campaign accompanies VMP’s community outreach and educational activities during this month. For more information about mentoring in Vermont, log on to the Vermont Mentoring Partnership website (www.vtmentoring.org(link is external)).
Hearts of Oak legend Bernard Don Bortey believes his former side can compete for the league under manager Keniche Yatsuhashi.Don Bortey watched his former team beat Nigeria Premier League side Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 with goals coming from new sensation Samudeen Ibrahim and Thomas Abbey.The Phobians followed that up with a 4-2 victory over a merged team comprising of the 2000 Champions League and 2004 Confederations Cup winning squad.After these two games, the former Ghana youth international believes Kenichi and his squad can battle for honours in the upcoming league.“From what l saw, l think this team can win the league title for all Phobians in the coming season to end our seven years trophy drought,” he told Adom Sports”Anything is possible, and that’s why we watch football. You can’t rule them out as champions. This team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.” He then urged the supporters of the club to rally behind the team even as the club goes through a difficult period.”Hearts are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, it’s difficult to put your finger on what the problems are.” Bortey said”When teams aren’t getting results, it’s usually a collection of things. The players are young, the squad is strong and I think it’ll be turned around with the fans solidly behind them.”“They can be champions if the supporters can throw their support behind them like they did for us when we were playing the club.”Don Bortey last played for Aduana in the Ghana Premier League. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports