Youth Mentoring Initiative features Mayor Scott Fadness at breakfast event


Youth Mentoring Initiative is again hosting its annual fundraiser with Mayor Scott Fadness. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30 at The Historic Ambassador House, 10595 Eller Rd. YMI provides support and school-based mentoring for grades 5-12 in nine Hamilton Southeastern schools.

“It’s a way for city officials, school administrators, community leaders, business owners, mentors and residents to come together for fundraising,” said Alison Gatz, executive director for YMI. “It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

The event date coincides with the start of the school year.

“It’s held in August to generate funding for the school year so we can have a full school year of mentoring with the funds available to train mentors and assist schools,” Gatz said.

Approximately 200 guests attend each year.

“It’s open to the public,” Gatz said. “People don’t have to necessarily go the breakfast to help.”

YMI is looking for volunteer youth mentors.

“We’re currently looking for adults in the community to mentor youth at various schools,” Gatz said. “We need all the volunteers we can get. We have more student recommendations than ever before, and we specifically need male mentors. We’ll train them.”

The morning begins with success stories of past students who have been mentored by YMI.

“We’ll typically hear from Dr. (Allen) Bourff, superintendent of HSE schools. He’ll share how YMI is impacting the school system, staff and students,” Gatz said.

Fadness will then speak.

“He’ll be speaking about the mental health initiative and how YMI fits into that initiative from the city’s standpoint,” Gatz said.

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