Mentoring Champion Fattah Addresses 2013 National Mentoring Summit

Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), Congressional champion for mentoring who has gained national honors in leadership in programs for at-risk and under-served young people, will address the 2013 National Mentoring Summit today at 12:30 p.m. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Fattah, as senior Democratic Appropriator for the Department of Justice, has fought for and won millions of dollars for crime-fighting programs administered by DOJ nationwide that support mentoring to at-risk youth.

In the past year, Fattah has won the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Leadership Award and was honored as a champion of mentoring when he addressed the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Congressional Breakfast.

The theme for today's sold-out National Mentoring Summit is Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate. Joining Fattah on the program will be the Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode Sr., former Mayor of Philadelphia, who serves as President of Amachi Mentoring which develops matches for the children of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women – an extremely high-risk group.

Fattah earlier in 2012 forged a groundbreaking agreement to launch a mentoring program in robotics at Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide. The American Innovation and Mentorship (AIM) Agreement links BGCA with FIRST! (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to provide to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) opportunities through FIRST's innovative robotics-based programming at 3,000 Boys & Girls Clubs by 2015.

Fattah is the architect of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), the nation's premier in-school program to prepare students from sixth to 12th grades from low income or under-served backgrounds for the rigors of college. Since its enactment in 1998, GEAR UP has served 12 million students in 49 states and several U.S. territories with about $4 billion in federal resources.

In the previous session of Congress, Fattah introduced H. Res. 774, with support by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and almost 50 other cosponsors from both parties. The resolution cites the BGCA for having significantly improved the quality of life for many youth as the organization transforms them into leaders and responsible citizens of the United States.

The Philadelphia Congressman is the senior Democrat (Ranking Member) on the House Appropriations' Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah