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PROCLAMATION <br />OUTH <br />SERVICES <br />MENTOR PROGRAM <br />"Bring Your Men tee to Work Day" <br />June 28th 2019 <br />WHEREAS: Children are vital to our County's future success, prosperity and quality of life <br />and are our most vulnerable assets; <br />WHEREAS: Every child in Kittitas County will reach their full potential and we support youth <br />by connecting them with trusted adults; <br />WHEREAS: Youth Services Mentoring Program envisions a community in which every youth <br />experience nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support, which in tum, allows <br />each of them to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible <br />decisions as involved members of our community; <br />WHEREAS: Youth Services Mentor Program's adult volunteers concentrate on the child, <br />letting the friendship find its own impact and letting the child lead the way. Adult friends do not <br />act as parents, teachers, disciplinarians, coaches, therapists or saviors. Instead, they act as <br />friends, providing a listening, encouraging, caring presence that the child can count on over time . <br />This respectful approach opens doors to mutuality in an adult/child relationship that is, sadly, all <br />too rare for children today; <br />WHEREAS: National research has shown that mentoring relationships have a clear positive <br />impact on the life of the matched child; <br />NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners <br />proclaim June 28, 2019 as "Bring Your Mentee to Work Day" and call upon all citizens, <br />community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and businesses in Kittitas <br />County to participate in the efforts to support youth and families, thereby ensuring every child in <br />Kittitas County will reach their full potential by supporting youth by connecting them with <br />trusted adult mentors. <br />Dated this 5 th day of March, 2019. <br />THE KITTITAS COUNTY <br />BOARD · F MMISSI ONERS <br />Brett Wach s mith , Vice-Chairman <br />ABSENT <br />Laura Osiadacz, Commissioner