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From: MPN Special Announcement [calendar@minorityprofessionalnetwork.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 10:33 AM
To: MPN Special Announcement (calendar@MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com)
Subject: Mentors and Support Needed for Atlanta Public High School Programs

Greetings Potential Volunteer,


This annual special broadcast announcement from MPN is a reminder that volunteer mentors, speakers and partnership support are needed for the Atlanta Public Schools / Metro Employers of Atlanta programs which directly serve our inner city public high school students.


The Metro Employers of Atlanta (MEA), which sponsors both the annual Youth Motivation Day (YMD) program and the Adopt-A-Student Program (AASP), is a very important, vital and necessary non-profit organization that has partnered with the Atlanta Public School (APS) System since 1965.   The MEA programs have made a tangible and positive difference in the lives of many thousands of youth through mentorship and development - Adopt-a-Student Program (AASP) and inspiration/motivation - Youth Motivation Day (YMD). 


We understand and recognize that practically everyone is extremely busy, but ask that, if possible, you and others you know consider joining us in setting aside a "small quantity of time" to "make a tangible and significant difference" in the lives of younger persons.


Please plan to participate in one or both of these extremely vital and rewarding programs. Please cascade this information to other potential mentors, supporters and speakers. 


Thus, whether you can allocate a few hours per month as a mentor (AASP) and/orsingle day out of the year as a speaker (YMD), your support, experience, time, inspiration, encouragement, or words of advice or wisdom can make a significant difference in helping to prepare our youth for a better and brighter tomorrow.




About AASP


The Adopt-a-Student Program (AASP) is a school year (September to May) commitment where volunteers from the business sector are assigned as mentors to 11th grade students attending one of the ten Atlanta Public High Schools. 


The Adopt-a-Student Program (AASP) is currently in need of mentors/consultants to pair with hundreds of 11th grade Atlanta Public School (APS) studentsPlease visit the MEA website for details regarding the program, or contact one of the persons listed below for an application.  Mentors and students are expected to attend job readiness, study skills, college preparation, motivational and related workshops one Saturday per month from 8:30 - 11:30 AM and to devote an average of 2-4 hours per week communicating either in person or by telephone.  The goals of the program include assisting students in making wise career choices and to form lasting relationships.


The initial AASP Mentor Kickoff Meeting and Orientation will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (details are below), and the first workshop will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2003.  We are still in need of dozens of mentors to work with our students.  Some of our mentors in the past have taken on added responsibility for additional students, and we often have to limit or turn down students eager to learn from and partner with mentors, because we've lacked a sufficient number of volunteer mentors.  Please help each student to have his or her own mentor, and make a tangible difference by volunteering to help develop and prepare today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders, educators, professionals and contributors. 



About YMD


YMD is a single day commitment (1/2 day or full day speaking engagement).   The Annual Youth Motivation Day will take place in all ten APS high schools on Thursday, November 6, 2003Orientation for Youth Motivation Day will be held on October TBD, 2003.  The confirmed date, location and time for this orientation will be made available via the MEA site – http://www.mea-atlanta.org.   


Key Dates

Please note the following key dates: 

Event:                 AASP 2003-04 Consultant Kick-Off Meeting & Orientation

Date:                  Thursday, September 25, 2003

Time:                  6:30pm ~ 7:30pm

Location:            AT&T Building - 2800 Century Parkway - 1st Floor Auditorium, Room 150

Contact Person: Sonja Copeland, sycopeland@att.com, 404-235-6398 

Directions:         View Below or Click Here for Detailed Directions to AT&T  

Directions to AT&T are as follows:
Traveling 85 North, Exit Clairmont Rd.  Take a left off the exit. Go the 2nd Traffic light and make a right into the office complex (Century Blvd NE).   Go to the stop sign and make a left on Century Pkwy NE.  Go to the 3rd building on the right, which is 2800 Century Pkwy.  Go inside to the guard’s desk and someone will be there to sign you in or you may dial Sonja’s extension x6398 or Michelle x6692. 

Traveling 85 South, Exit Clairmont Rd and take a right.  Then Follow the directions above.

Event:                 AASP October Workshop

Date:                  Saturday, October 11, 2003

Time:                  8:30am ~ 11:45am 

Location:            Austin T. Walden Middle School

Contact Person: Sonja Copeland, sycopeland@att.com, 404-235-6398  or C.J. Bland, volunteer@mea-atlanta.org, 770-322-9323

Directions:         Click Here for Detailed Directions to Walden

AASP Info:         Click on this link for additional YMD information -  http://www.mea-atlanta.org/ymd.htm


Event:                 2003 Youth Motivation Day

Date:                  Thursday, November 6, 2003 or Thursday, November 13, 2003 (actual date will be confirmed soon)

Time:                  ALL DAY

Location:            ALL APS Schools

Contact Person: Robert Jackson, rjackson1@att.com, 404-235-6691 or YMD School Coordinator

YMD Info:           Click on this link for additional YMD information -  http://www.mea-atlanta.org/ymd.htm  




How Do I Sign Up

We hope that we can count on your continued support and contributions as a 2003-04 volunteer, and also ask that you encourage other potential volunteers to support these vital, necessary and worthwhile programs.  As a reminder, the 2002-03 MEA Photo Gallery and additional AASP and YMD information can be viewed on the MEA website - http://www.mea-atlanta.org.

Since we're seeking to capture all data electronically to help us maintain accurate records and enhance our efficiency, ALL AASP and YMD Volunteers (new and returning) are required to complete the updated online web interface 2003-04 sign-up form. 


If you or anyone you know is interested in working with our youth and are a motivated and dedicated individual, please visit the MEA website – http://www.mea-atlanta.org for more details about the MEA programs, to view the workshop schedule and other calendar activities, and to complete the short volunteer application.


You may sign up for the AASP and/or YMD programs with the same application. 


Therefore, please click on the following link to access the 2003-04 VOLUNTEER SIGN UP form - http://www.mea-atlanta.org/application.asp !  We thank you in advance for taking a minute or two to complete this form.



How Do I Contribute or Become a Sponsoring Entity


MEA is also seeking additional sponsoring companies and entities.  Please visit the MEA website for additional information and details.

If you need any additional information, you may visit the MEA site - http://www.mea-atlanta.org/Partner.htm, or e-mail or call Vanessa Ford, MEA Fund Development Co-Chair, vford@na.ko.com  404-676-2761.



MEA extends a special thanks to all of its 2002-03 Sponsors/Participating Entities


Atlanta Financial Life Insurance Company

Atlanta Gas Light Company

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BellSouth Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

IBM Corporation


MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com (MPN)

NCR Corporation

Southern Bell

United Parcel Service (UPS)


2002-2003 AASP Participating Companies & Entities



Camp Dresser and McKee




Atlanta Gas Light

Home Depot


City of Atlanta


Cap G. Ernest & Young



Cox Communications


MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com (MPN)

Georgia-Pacific Corp.

Storage Tech

American Express


Clark Atlanta Univ.






Staples, Inc.

Valentine Group, Inc.



Metro Brokers / GMAC



Simon Property Group


Manheim Auctions

Cobb County


Miles Properties


National Association of Professional Pharmaceutical Reps (NAPPR)

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)

Piedmont Hospital


GA Professional Standards Commission



GA Dept. of Transportation



The MONY Group

Lucent Technologies

Hewelett Packard

Farmers Insurance

Hartsfield Development Pgm

Mann & Bracken Associates


Troutman Sanders, LLP

Chartwell Inc.





again, we extend a special thanks to all of you for your time, dedication and commitment to helping prepare our youth, today, for a brighter tomorrow.  Additional details and updates will be forthcoming.  Have a safe, enjoyable and productive Friday, and we look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday, September 25, 2003 at the AASP Orientation.

We’re probably as busy as anyone, but have personally been very active in these programs for many years, and it's been very rewarding.  Please volunteer if you can, and encourage others to do the same by forwarding this message to other interested persons.


Thanks, and best regards!


Robert Jackson

Chair, Metro Employers of Atlanta (MEA)




Sonja Copeland

AASP Director

404-235-6398 (ofc)



C.J. Bland

AASP Workshop Coordinator / MEA Webmaster

President/CEO, MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com (MPN)

770-322-9323 (ofc)

volunteer@mea-atlanta.org or cjbland@MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com


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