Charleston, South Carolina — Mayor John Tecklenburg has been committed to improving citizens’ quality of life and making Charleston a city of opportunity for all – especially young people. Through the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families (MOCYF), Mayor Tecklenburg supports the Annual Youth Summit, which is planned and facilitated each year by high school students serving on the Mayor’s Youth Commission. During this event, students meet with the Mayor to discuss the topics and issues that are relevant to them today, and plan a summit to engage their peers from Charleston County High Schools in discussions on those issues.

Most recently, Mayor Tecklenburg has taken on the challenge of uniting the youth development/mentoring resources in the City of Charleston first by establishing January as National Mentoring Month through proclamation. Through his MOCYF he has since partnered with youth advocates across the city to establish the first ever Mayor’s Mentoring Consortium: a network of direct service providers that meet monthly to discuss best practices through shared learning and partnerships. The mayor has been instrumental in linking MENTOR’s national database of youth mentoring programs as a clickable link embedded in the city’s website. This has been a tremendous asset to the community, as they now have a one-stop shop to locate programs that provide mentoring services, as well as the chance for community members to get connected to additional volunteer opportunities.