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We all have unique talents that can open doors of opportunity for our young people through mentoring. The Call to Arts collaboration enlists on the artist community to join in and help nurture the creativity in the next generation.


To help inspire young artists, we can think of no better places to start than the great stewards of the cinematic arts at the American Film Institute (AFI) and the body of creative energy of the media artists within the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).During the last two years, the White House Student Film Festival has showcased stories created by young filmmakers and inspired them to follow their dreams.
By doing so, it has nurtured aspiring storytellers and supported an environment for the creative arts to thrive and tell the stories that linger in the shadows, celebrate the extraordinary, and express the beauty of life from unique viewpoints.
AFI has collaborated with the White House on both Student Film Festivals and is providing professional development to each of the featured filmmakers and connecting winning students to one-on-one mentorships with AFI Conservatory alumni.
Through the Call to Arts, more than 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members and 250 elected leaders in 25 localities across the nation are being asked to pledge to mentor aspiring creative artists during the next three years. SAG-AFTRA will also dedicate educational seminars, outreach efforts, conservatory programs and classes to the effort, bringing an immediate addition of tens of thousands of mentor hours and opportunities.
This rising generation of storytellers aspires to do amazing things, but the words and guidance of an experienced adviser may add the spark that turns their dreams into reality. By becoming a mentor, you can help them grow as artists by sharing your passion for the creative arts with them.Answer the Call to Arts and help us mentor the great storytellers of the future.

My Brother's Keeper

“We need to give every child – no matter what they look like, where they live – the chance to reach their full potential.” – President Obama

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

My Brother’s Keeper is also a call to action for Americans to make a difference for young people by becoming a mentor. Research shows that the presence of a mentor in a young person’s life significantly improves their potential for success.

Get Involved, Become a Mentor

Through mentoring, you can make a difference in the life of a young person in a lot of ways, and the most important is just to be there.

Now is the time to get involved and change the life of a young person who needs your support -- it's easy to search for mentoring opportunities in your community!


My Brother's Keeper identified key milestones in the path to adulthood that are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact:

  1. Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn;
  2. Reading at grade level by third grade;
  3. Graduating from high school ready for college and career;
  4. Completing post-secondary education or training;
  5. Successfully entering the workforce;
  6. Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances.

By focusing on these key moments, and helping our young people avoid roadblocks that hinder progress across life stages, we can help ensure that all children and young people have the tools they need to build successful lives.

New Partnerships Support My Brother’s Keeper

On July 21, 2014, President Obama announced new public and private sector commitments to advance the goals of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.  Among the commitments are new AmeriCorps partnerships to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and job skills to help them reach their full potential:

  • Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps: CNCS and the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are investing up to $10 million over three years to create Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps, a new program to enroll disconnected youth in national service programs.
  • U.S. Forest Service AmeriCorps Partnership:  USDA and CNCS have joined in a landmark new partnership to engage more than 300 AmeriCorps members and other youth in gaining valuable career skills and experience while restoring the nation’s forests and grasslands. 
  • Aspire Mentoring Academy Corps:  AT&T is joining with AmeriCorps and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to launch a new program to engage AmeriCorps members in regions around the country and engage thousands of at-risk youth in mentoring activities.       
  • ServiceWorks: As part of a three-year project to help 25,000 low-income youth develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers, 225 AmeriCorps members will engage youth age 16-24 in a volunteer response effort in 10 cities in this collaboration between AmeriCorps, Points of Light, and the Citi Foundation.

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Research Shows:

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
  • Seventy-six percent at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college versus half of at-risk young adults who had no mentor.  They are also more likely to be enrolled in college.
  • Mentoring reduces “depressive symptoms” and increases “social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.”

Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership


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