Monday, January 19, 2009

Letter to the President: Support Tutoring/Mentoring Programs

Dear President Obama, January 19, 2009

First and foremost, Congratulations on becoming not just the first African American President in the Country’s history, but for being one of the greatest examples of the vision that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his “I Have a Dream” speech! I am writing you today to say that I will support you, respect you, and I will continue to try to follow in your footsteps by being a role model to all young people.

I am also writing you today to request some resources that I feel that if you and your Administration can provide to me and people like me, then we will have more of the necessary tools in which are needed to continue to make changes in our homes, schools, and communities that can and will benefit the youth.

As the Administrative Coordinator of the tutoring/mentoring program called Cabrini Connections’ we try to provide any and all of those necessary resources to the youth of the Cabrini Green community and the surrounding areas in order for them to be properly equipped to be in a job or a career by the age of 25. This task is not easy due to the violence, lack of resources, lack of jobs and careers for the youth and their parents, and due to the poor school conditions that many of our youth are subject to.

So Mr. Obama I am asking for you and your Administration to assist us in our efforts to not only educate and provide the youth with life skills at Cabrini Connections, but to assist tutoring/mentoring programs throughout the country and maybe even the world. We are going to need well equipped facilities for the youth to meet, we are going to need enough resources to properly educate the youth, we are going to need caring, dedicated, and committed volunteers and staff in each and every program, we are going to need to find ways to get the parents and the community involved, we are going to need FUNDING do all of the things that we need and want to do with and for our youth, and maybe most importantly we are going to need all of these things on a consistent basis.

Mr. Obama if you and your Administration can assist Cabrini Connections and all of the other tutor/mentor programs with these things then I am confident that together we can continue to make positive progress with our youth and the country as a whole through these programs. And through these programs the youth will learn the skills needed to be leaders, to be successful, to be respectful etc…and will through time will share all of what they have learned with those who are wanting and needing to follow in their footsteps.

So I thank you in advance Mr. Obama!


EL Da' Sheon Nix
Administrative Coordinator
Cabrini Connections
Tutor/Mentor Connection
800 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60642
312. 492.9795 (fax)

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