SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City-based Student / Partner Alliance (S/PA) celebrated National Mentoring Month by holding its second annual wine and cheese networking event at Summit's Christ Church. A group of Partners, mentors, and prospective mentors from the Summit area filled the room to discuss the power of mentoring.

The Reverend Chuck Rush, of Christ Church in Summit, spoke enthusiastically about the St. Benedict’s Prep experience and the importance of love and support in leading to the success of young men in our urban areas. Staff from S/PA spoke about ways in which mentors can effectively communicate with their mentees, and veteran Partners shared stories about their experiences mentoring S/PA students. Also in attendence were four new mentors who are looking forward to developing a relationship with their mentees over the next few years.

Research from shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to strive and thrive, to attend and engage in school, and to reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:

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  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college

  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities

  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

The same research shows that one in three young people in America will grow up without a mentor.

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in thecommunity and to find volunteer opportunities with S/PA visit or contact Ann Kent, S/PA Director of Marketing and Communications, at