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1 in 3 young people in the U.S. will grow up without a mentor of any kind. Help us close this gap — be a #MentoringAdvocate! Raise your voice, share your knowledge, and affect positive change through engagement with Congress and other influencers in your communities.
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YOUTH ADVOCATES FOR MENTORING
MENTOR believes that young people must be at the forefront of addressing systemic issues and that this comprehensive training program will provide young people the real life skills they need to communicate with elected officials, address issues in their communities, empower their peers into action, and advocate for the power of mentoring.
MENTOR Advocacy Team
Abbie Evans, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Abbie Evans is Senior Director of Government Relations for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she represents the organization before Congress and the Administration and works to build and strengthen the coalition of mentoring organizations advocating on behalf of youth mentoring in Washington, DC and beyond. Prior to her current position, Evans served as a federal lobbyist for the National Education Association (NEA) representing public educators and school personnel before Congress. While at the NEA, she led efforts to engage Republican legislators around supporting public education across the country. Evans also served as the lobbyist for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and worked for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where she managed the bi-annual Children’s Congress program. Before that, Evans worked on Capitol Hill for a Pennsylvania Representative serving on the House Education and Workforce Committees. Evans has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on American History.
ADRIANE ALICEA, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Adriane Alicea is the Director of Government Relations at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she works to mobilize support to advance youth mentoring and strengthen engagement of Congress and the Administration on issues related to mentoring. Adriane began her career in child welfare serving as a Legislative Aide for a California Representative on issues related to foster care, human trafficking and families. While serving in the office, she led a bipartisan coalition of over 150 Members of Congress who worked together to advance legislation to improve positive outcomes for foster youth. Prior to joining MENTOR, she worked to engage stakeholders on criminal justice, immigration and demographic changes through events at the Center for American Progress. Adriane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and is originally from New Jersey.