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Blue Water Media Engages the Local Community Through a Corporate School-Based Mentoring Program Which Connects Employees to Disadvantaged DC Area High School Students.
Blue Water Media has recently joined forces with youth development and outreach foundation, Mentor Foundation USA, as a part of its corporate mentoring program. The initiative consists of ongoing mentoring sessions between Blue Water Media employees and local high school students, and a Career Day at Blue Water Media’s corporate headquarters where mentees will shadow employees and attend professional development workshops. Blue Water Media ultimately hopes to provide DC area disadvantaged youth with additional support from caring adult mentors as well as exposure to the professional work environment.
There is much evidence supporting the fact that youth benefit from having positive mentors in their lives. According to a recent study conducted by an independent national research organization, “Children who have mentors in their lives are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 26% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school than those children without Mentors,” (Tierney, J.P., Grossman and Resch, N.L.).
Blue Water Media has always been involved in giving back to the community and has encouraged staff to participate in community service, either through the company or in a personal capacity. After researching Mentor Foundation’s goals and objectives, it became clear that the partnership met Blue Water Media’s philanthropic objectives, benefitting both those served and employees.
“As mentors, we receive a sense of fulfillment knowing that our company will have played a role in supporting a positive, life-supporting program for the future work force of America,” says Blue Water Media COO and mentor, Jenifer Louden.
“Our goal is to provide an additional supportive adult in their circle. We feel a strong support system is critical for young adults to make the most informed decisions possible, and our mentees are at a time in their lives where the decisions they make today could have a long lasting impact.”
About Mentor Foundation USA
Mentor Foundation USA is the leading international non-government organization working globally to prevent substance abuse. They empower children and young people to make healthy decisions and to avoid drug abuse and support donors/companies in doing good work for children and young people. Mentor Foundation USA is committed to providing and encouraging the development of best practices and effective policies in drug abuse prevention and the promotion of health and well-being for all young people. Mentor Foundation USA's work has been recognized by the United Nationals Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Health Organization, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe. For more information, visit: http://www.mentorfoundation.org/
About Blue Water Media
Blue Water Media is an award-winning information technology, web design, and interactive marketing agency based in Washington, D.C., with offices in New York and San Francisco. The firm provides Government, business, and non-profit clients with full life cycle support for digital initiatives including custom web & software development, commercial and government website design, digital marketing, hosting, 508 compliance and ongoing site maintenance. Leveraging cutting edge web design techniques, flexible open source software applications, emerging technologies, and integrated marketing campaigns, Blue Water Media offers a turnkey approach to attaining online success. For more information, please visit: http://www.bluewatermedia.com/