High-Profile Leaders Join Mentor Walk at Agnes Scott College

Friday, August 19, 2011

The inaugural Carolyn Young Mentor Walk will be held at Agnes Scott College on Sept. 10. A distinguished group of local leaders will take part, including Carolyn Young, Ambassador Andrew Young, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, House Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss.

The Mentor Walk is designed to encourage college students, who will serve as role models, to walk with younger peers, parents, guardians and the rest of the community on campus to inspire children to finish school and attend university. This “near peer” experience will raise awareness for the importance of mentors, celebrate mentoring programs and emphasize the importance of exercise and healthy living. It will also provide mentors from different groups an opportunity to meet one another and share their experiences, stories and tips.

The walk is named after Carolyn Young, who has taught in Atlanta Public Schools and has been recognized with several awards and honors for her outstanding teaching career.

The 1.5-mile walk around the campus of Agnes Scott is open to the community and will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Participants should arrive an hour early to check-in. There will be a health expo and games for students during registration. Fun after-walk festivities, including lunch, will begin at 11 a.m.

Mentoring is a youth development strategy and has a positive influence on behavior. Mentors encourage kids to stay in school and further their education by engaging them in fun “near peer” experiences. This experience is paired with an emphasis on walking and exercising for healthy living.

For more info on Mentor Walk or to volunteer, please visit http://mentorwalk.org/.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.