By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Efforts in Guilford County to improve the lives of young people are being recognized by America’s Promise, the national nonprofit group headed by Gen. Colin Powell.
Local leaders, in fact, hope to recruit Powell to visit Greensboro on April 10 as part of local celebrations of National Volunteer Week.
The local effort, known as Guilford’s Promise, is coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Greensboro.
The group has pledged by the end of 2001 to provide 6,000 youngsters with access to at least one of the resources being promoted by America’s Promise: a safe place to learn and grow; a relationship with a caring adult; a healthy start; effective education; and an opportunity to give back to the community.
As of January, Guilford’s Promise had connected 2,700 youngsters with at least one of those resources.
The group hopes by the end of April to double – to 120 – the number of individuals and organizations that have made commitments to work with young people.
Novartis Crop Protection, for example, is sponsoring a new initiative known as the Youth Leader Corps. The Novartis Foundation is a national sponsor of America’s Promise.
The Youth Leader Corps project, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, matches 15 ninth- and 10th-graders from high-crime areas with elementary-school students from the same neighborhoods who are members of the Boys and Girls Club. The teens serve as mentors to the younger students.
For information, call 373-1633.