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Volunteer Spotlight

A Positive Development

The Courtyard Mentor Network celebrates its first graduates.

The Courtyard Mentor Network, created by QVNA Board Member Justin Fishman and his wife, Rachel, introduces young men to career path options while providing guidance for developing healthy relationship skills.

At National Night Out on August 3, all 14 participants of the inaugural class were on hand to receive program certificates. Just two days later, 11 participants attended the 2021 Mentoring (sleep-away) Camp, run by Kirk Berry, a youth empowerment educator and vice president of Norristown Men of Excellence. Fishman reports that a generous donor stepped up to cover the entire $3,300 cost for the camp, and the Network provided each family with funds to cover needed supplies.

Proud Courtyard Mentorship Network participants show off their certificates.
“I feel more confident after completing this program.”

Future sessions, which are on the books for fall and spring, will feature field trips to local businesses and job sites. ■

The Courtyard Mentor Network is fiscally sponsored by QVNA.  Please donate to this program at bit.ly/CourtyardMentorNetwork.

Or follow CMN https://instagram.com/courtyardmentornetwork