Spring 2021 Newsletter
MEGA Launches Summer Mentoring Program
MEGA is preparing to kick off its first summer mentoring program! This tremendous effort is in response to a request from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) leadership for us to continue providing positive role models to our students during these especially challenging times.

Here is a snapshot of the program so far:

Date: June 28 to August 6
Time: 5:30pm- 6:30pm
When: once a week on Tue & Thu
Who: Elementary, Middle and High School

The meeting days are Tuesday and Thursday, but we have yet to determine which grade levels will meet on which day. So, it may be possible to mentor two grade sessions. The final details will be worked out once the student and mentor volunteers lists are consolidated and analyzed,

Due to the high student demand so far, MEGA needs more summer mentors than previously anticipated. Please consider joining the effort and sign up for this historic program!

Parents & Students

Parents and students will also receive separate emails from MEGA and the schools with instructions, including the registration link below.
Mentoring Best Practices Available
Despite the numerous challenges brought on by the pandemic, our classroom mentors successfully completed the 2020-21 virtual mentoring school year.

To prepare for these unprecedented times, MEGA's Programs & Curriculum Committee and various subcommittees created and implemented a virtual curriculum. These members also worked closely with CCPS and MEGA's Training Committee to develop and launch extensive training for mentors on the various technologies needed to conduct virtual mentoring sessions.

During the April 27 mentoring best practices session, over 30 classroom mentors and liaisons discussed lessons learned and how to improve the virtual mentoring environment.

"I am very impressed and thankful for the feedback we received from the liaisons and mentors," said Greg Cummings, vice president for programming and school liaison. "The information we gathered will definitely help us plan and execute next school year's sessions."

MEGA Member Writes Leadership Book
Former CCPS superintendent Marcus Newsome coauthored a book entitled "Breakthrough Leadership: Six Principles Guiding Schools Where Inequity Is Not an Option."

Excerpt from the book website: This book was borne out of urgency. We face the consequences of a raging pandemic, coupled with an unprecedented call to end racial injustice. COVID-19 has exposed longstanding structural inequities, while at the same time offering a rare “breakthrough” opportunity to dismantle inequitable systems that have harmed our most marginalized students for generations.

Season For Sharing Recap
MEGA's Season for Sharing kicked off December 15 and concluded January 15 with the annual Fine Art Benefit and Sale. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every element of the campaign was conducted virtually.

"The giving community was very generous this year despite the pandemic," said Mack Moore, MEGA's treasurer. "We've set a record for fundraising during the Season for Sharing 2021 campaign," Moore explained. "We're extremely grateful to our veteran and new sponsors, supporters and volunteers who continue to help MEGA achieve it's goals and mission."

Over 85% of funds go directly back into MEGA programs and the students.
Member Highlight: Board Member Ed Baine
Congratulations to Ed Baine on his recent promotion to President of Dominion Energy Virginia! He is the first African American/Black person to achieve this position.

Baine currently serves as MEGA's Vice President of Administration and is active on several major and subcommittees.

During an interview, Baine said he's “very humbled and honored by it and I don’t take it lightly because every day I know people are watching, judging seeing how I perform in the role. I want to make sure that I pave the way for others like folks have done for me.”

New Sponsor Highlight
Thank you to MEGA's newest corporate and individual sponsors! You are the backbone of our programs.

Columbia Gas of Virginia (March 2021)
Dupont (March 2021)
Health Savings Administrators (April 2021)

If you're not currently a MEGA member and would like to become a classroom mentor, join one of our committees or volunteer in another capacity, please fill out our membership application to get started.
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