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Burt Rapport - Community Leader & EntrepreneurKOP Mentoring Network is holding its inaugural awards program to recognize Community Leader and entrepreneur Burt Rapoport as its 2014 Man of the Year.

The event will be hosted at:

Bogart's of Boca

Bogart's of Boca

3200 Airport Road
Boca Raton.

Date: March 20th, 2014 (6:30 - 9:00 p.m.)

Tickets are $50 (Click Here to Purchase Online)

For more information, contact Bobby Canatta at 561-306-6999.

Seed and Help Mentor Child!

1. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

It's a great way to start your new year's resolution. Just a few hours a month can make a big difference in a child's life and also be a rewarding experience. Volunteers are matched with their mentees for a year or longer if possible.

Register Now: Mentor/Volunteer Application »

2. REFER/ENROLL A CHILD

Give your child, or a child you know, the gift of a mentor—and a new friend. To become a mentee, a child must be between the ages of 7 – 17 and want a mentor. That's it!

Register Now: Mentee Application »

3. DONATE

    • $5 - Supports a mentor/mentee match for a week.
    • $25 - Sponsors one monthly group mentoring session.
    • $50 - Enables one youth to participate in leadership training.
    • $75 - Covers background checks for five mentors.
    • $100 - Sponsors one child for one year of mentoring.
    • $250 - Pays for mentor/mentee training materials.
    • $1,000 - Sustains the group mentoring program for one year.
    • $2,500 - Sustains our comprehensive services for one year.

Your tax-deductible donation plays an important role in the continued success of our service to youth in the community. When you choose to donate to our organization, you will enable a deserving adolescent the opportunity to participate in our programs at no cost. We greatly appreciate donations of all amounts and ask you to consider the following:

A gift of any size makes a difference!

KOPMN - By the NumbersFrom the Founder's Desk:

Welcome to the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network, Inc. Today, the challenges facing our youth are greater than ever. Harsh realities such as gang violence, substance abuse and teenage pregnancies compound the most critical time in a young man or woman's life.

Without a mentor, too many promising students get caught up in a path that they may not choose and make decisions they often regret. Every young person deserves to have a mentor to help them weigh the consequences of their actions, review their options and make sound choices.

We are in a state of emergency and the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network (KOPMN) is making a call to action to those 18 and older who are able and stable.

Consider these devastating statistics:

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Recent News

Swinging good time: Delray kids take advantage of free golf lessons

PALM BEACH – Michelle Joseph bent her knees, hunched over and eyed the fairway before striking her golf ball. The 10-year-old lifted the club over her head and swung, sending the ball some 20 yards. She says her golf career is just getting started.

"I am liking this," said Joseph, a member of the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network's Summer Enrichment Academy program in Delray Beach. "Golfing is more fun than I though at first."

She and eight of her peers received five, three-hour lessons in a week-long Hook a Kid on Golf camp at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. An additional nine students from the West Palm Beach Boys and Girls Club also participated. They learned the fundamentals of golf, including swinging, putting, chipping and strategy.

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Sierra Club sponsors kayak trip for area students

DELRAY BEACH - Students in a local summer program will paddle down the Loxahatchee River on Saturday as part of a team-building exercise.

The 15 students from the Summer Enrichment Academy at Village Academy will enjoy 5 1/2 miles of canoeing through a nature filled wonderland.

Participants will learn canoeing skills as they wind their way from Riverbend Park in Jupiter for the 8-hour tour.

"This trip serves multiple purposes," said Robert Reardon, a counselor with the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network, which is sponsoring the summer program. "We are using it to reward them for earning good conduct or grades as well as building their reliance on each other."

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Summer program blends fun, learning for youth

DELRAY BEACH – For some it will be the first time going on a kayaking trip down local waterways. For others it will be their first time to the beach a mile away from their homes.

"It will be a no-brainer to think that most kids living within two miles of the beach would have been to the beach at least a few times," said C. Ron Allen, CEO of the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network. "But we have kids who are 10, 11 and 12 who live less than a mile away and have never ventured east of Swinton Avenue."

As Delray Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Summer Enrichment Academy, operated by the nonprofit organization will introduce 15 children to all aspects of the city's growth. Students will visit local business, a few of which were passed on from generations of city fathers.

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