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UNO Women’s Basketball Teams Up with Volunteers of America to Mentor Children of Incarcerated Parents

Mentors Matched with Mentees at Meet & Greet Event at Lakefront Arena

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Players from the University of New Orleans women’s basketball team were matched with children in Volunteers of America’s Mentoring Children of Promise program on Monday, December 29th during a Mentor Meet and Greet event at Lakefront Arena. Mentoring Children of Promise matches caring adult mentors with children who have a parent in prison in order to provide them with extra attention, encouragement, guidance and hope. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of children in the Greater New Orleans community have been matched with a positive adult role model.

In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans is helping raise awareness of the impact of mentoring on a child’s life, and the ongoing need for mentors in our community. Mentoring Children of Promise seeks new volunteer mentors on an ongoing basis. 

Caption 1: University of New Orleans Basketball player and mentor Octavia Wilson gets to know her mentee, thirteen-year-old Ha’san Gordon, during Volunteers of America’s Mentoring Children of Promise meet and greet event at Lakefront Arena. 

Caption 2: Nine-year-old Amerie Cameron enjoys a chat with her newly matched mentor, University of New Orleans basketball player Danielle Davis, during Volunteers of America’s Mentoring Children of Promise meet and greet event on December 29th, 2014. 

Caption 3: University of New Orleans basketball player and mentor Alexis Martin bonds with her mentee, 
5-year-old Lashoune Brown, during a mentor meet & greet event put on by Volunteers of America’s Mentoring Children of Promise Program. 

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About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men returning from prison, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.