Deb Gordon spotlighted National Mentoring Month with guests, Matilda Raffa Cuomo – Former First Lady of New York and Founder of Mentoring USA; Stephen Powell, the organization’s Executive Director; and New York meteorologist and TV & radio personality, Mr. G.
Ms. Cuomo founded Mentoring USA in 1995 at the suggestion of her husband Governor Mario Cuomo, as a non-partisan effort to help combat many of the problems affecting underserved young people who were dropping out of school at rapid rates. Mentoring USA is a one-to-one site-based mentoring program that provides caring, trained mentors to young people age 7 through 21 to enable them to realize their full potential.
Ms. Cuomo, Mr. Powell and Mr. G discussed the positive benefits of mentorship in their lives and also the positive impact of mentorship on society as a whole. Also discussed was Mentoring USA’s proven track record of success and some of the innovative programs they offer which include career development, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Mentoring USA continues to grow to meet the needs of the community by developing new programs to address current issues and concerns such as BRAVE, which is an anti-bullying, anti-violence and diversity appreciation initiative.
Ms. Cuomo also discussed the newest installment of “The Person Who Saved My Life”, a book which contains the recollections of many prominent people about their experiences with mentorship. Ms. Cuomo edited the book and the forward was written by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Harry Belafonte, Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Whoopi Goldberg are among those whose accounts of mentorship are portrayed, and Ms. Cuomo made special mention of Senator John McCain’s very poignant story as recounted in the book.