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N.C. Delegates Return From Summit Fired Up

Posted April 29, 1997

— Governor Jim Hunt and others from North Carolina who attended this week's Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia have come home with plans to build a better future for America's children. Their battle cry is "mentor".

There were speeches from President and Mrs. Clinton and former President George Bush on the closing day in the City of Brotherly Love. Those in attendance said it was much like a pep rally to send delegates home with the spirit of volunteerism, and the desire to recruit others.

The overall message was that volunteers must work with at-risk children nationwide, if possible in a one-on-one basis. Governor Hunt says mentoring is a concept that works, but there aren't currently enough mentors to go around.

He has already announced that a North Carolina summit will take place in the fall, possibly in September. Other delegates will organize mini-summits in their communities to inspire volunteerism at the grass roots level.

East Garner Middle School currently has a mentoring program in place with five Americorps volunteers to work with 25 students. School officials say they want to see some mentors with a real sense of commitment. They'd also like to see corporations allow employees time to serve.

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