Mentoring Champion Rep. Fattah Calls for Bipartisan Congressional Salute to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Sep 19, 2012, 14:10 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a national champion for youth mentoring, called on House colleagues at this morning's Boys & Girls Clubs of America Congressional breakfast to support his bipartisan resolution saluting the BGCA for its unique role in enhancing the lives of millions of American youth.

"We see in these young people the potential and the possibility," Fattah said at the breakfast.

Fattah last week 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 continues his focus on youth mentoring later this week when he serves as honorary host and moderator of a panel entitled Mentoring Minds…Changing Lives. The roundtable discussion will focus on the federal government's role and the community imperative to give the nation's children an opportunity through caring relationships and consistent role modeling. 

Joining Fattah will be: Jocelyn Frye, Director of Policy and Projects for the Office of the First Lady of the United States; TV personality Judge Greg Mathis; Judith J. Pickens, Program & Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Ted Qualli, Vice President of External Affairs and Marketing, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Wintley Phipps, Founder and CEO, U.S. Dream Academy.

The forum is open to the public: Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m., Room 140A at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, Washington, DC.

Fattah earlier this year 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) opportunities through FIRST's innovative robotics-based programming at 3,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide by 2015.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah