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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 29, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Ohnstad, Barca, Berceau,
Brostoff, Considine, Goyke, Horlacher, Kahl, Kolste, Pope, Quinn,
Sargent, Spreitzer, Subeck, Young, Zamarripa, Thiesfeldt, Jorgensen,
Bowen and Wachs, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor, Erpenbach, Harris
, Olsen, Ringhand and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR2,1,1 1Relating to: designating January as Mentoring Month in Wisconsin.
AJR2,1,22 Whereas, since 2002, January has been National Mentoring Month;
AJR2,1,43 Whereas, the goals of National Mentoring Month are to raise awareness and
4recruit individuals to mentor;
AJR2,1,75 Whereas, mentors are adults who devote time and attention to young people,
6thereby helping them to discover personal strengths and achieve their potential
7through a trusting relationship;
AJR2,1,98 Whereas, mentors come from all walks of life, providing young people with
9viewpoints and experiences they may not otherwise have;
AJR2,1,1110 Whereas, quality mentoring encourages positive choices and promotes
11self-esteem and academic achievement;
AJR2,1,1312 Whereas, mentoring programs have shown themselves to be effective in
13combating discipline problems, substance abuse, incarceration, and truancy;
AJR2,2,414 Whereas, research shows young people who were at risk for not completing high
15school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college,

181 percent more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular
2activities, more than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club
3or on a sports team, and 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their
AJR2,2,65 Whereas, youth development experts agree mentoring is critical to the social,
6emotional, and cognitive development of young people;
AJR2,2,77 Whereas, mentors help set career goals and provide advice and support;
AJR2,2,98 Whereas, Wisconsin is home to numerous mentoring organizations, pairing
9young people from all across the state with mentors in their local area;
AJR2,2,1110 Whereas, the benefits of mentoring link youth to economic opportunity and
11strengthen our communities;
AJR2,2,1412 Whereas, despite these benefits, one in three youth will reach age 19 without
13a mentor, constituting a "mentoring gap" that shows a need for collaboration and
14resources; now, therefore, be it
AJR2,2,16 15Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the month of
16January shall be designated as "Mentoring Month" in Wisconsin.
AJR2,2,1717 (End)