We believe that mentoring teaches young adults to advocate for themselves, an essential life skill
Marietta Mentoring for Leadership was founded in 2010 by a group of community leaders spearheaded by Beverly McAfee. Marjorie Kellogg, a former Marietta City Schools teacher, came out of retirement to become Executive Director of MFL. The program began with 20 students and has grown to serve over 120 students.
Collaborating with teachers and administrators, students are recommended to the program where they are matched with a mentor. These are students that teachers recognize as having high potential but may be lacking the support of a consistent adult role model to help them reach graduation and beyond, to the fulfillment of their goals. Matches are based on gender and similar passions and interests and whenever possible, similar background and culture.
Mentors provide an additional stable adult influence to encourage and motivate students. By learning about the opportunities available to them and learning to advocate for themselves, students begin to achieve their academic and professional goals.
By matching the skills and passions of each mentor to the needs and desires of the student, we encourage each to become active, contributing citizens. Our students become leaders and role models for their peers as they achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.
Our mission is to provide high-potential, under-resourced youth with community mentors and provide collegial experiences that encourage and support students to maximize their leadership and their personal, academic, and future success.
Our vision is that every Mentoring for Leadership student graduates high school and is prepared to achieve their life goals and become leaders in their community.
We Believe that the most effective mentoring experience is achieved through one-on-one, long term relationships with two people who are actively engaged.
We Believe in the power of the "Be There" experience - hands-on, life enhancing, character building encounters.
We Believe that mentoring teaches young adults to advocate for themselves, an essential life skill.
We Believe that people can overcome their circumstances, building self-esteem and creating a better future.
We Believe every person deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
We Believe in the power of community to transform lives.