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Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

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The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is celebrating the first annual National Mentoring Month with a series of events, beginning with a dinner with special guests at the Band's District I Community Center. The Band's Mentorship Program began in April 2000. It pairs Band youth ages 6-18 with adult community members to provide meaningful friendships and share experiences. The goal of the program is to put another caring role model besides a parent or family member into the life of each child who participates. The Program is still looking for more mentors. Both Indian and non-Indian adults are encouraged to become mentors. The Band will hold three more National Mentoring Month events in January at the Lake Lena, East Lake, and Isle Community Centers. National Mentoring Month was declared by Congress and is spearheaded by the National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard Mentoring Project. It is designed to increase awareness of mentoring programs across the nation and to encourage more people to get involved.