Healing Hearts, Changing Minds
Syrian Refugee Heval Mohamed Kelli, U-beyond mentor and board member, was a Clarkston teenager with dreams of becoming a doctor. Now his patient care helps immigrants in his old neighborhood and his research connects them to better heart health.
Read the full article in the Emory Magazine. Link
Christmas & Holiday Celebration 2013 Dinner
Clairmont Presbyterian Church
Saturday December 14, 2013
The Islamic Society of Atlanta, Alsabeel and Mentorship Atlanta jointly hosted a community Muslim-Christian Christmas Holiday Celebration dinner. The celebrations were started by welcoming statements from Rev Fahed Abu Akel, President of Alsabeel, Omar Lattouf President of Islamic Society of Atlanta and Moe Mustafa, Chairman of Mentorship Atlanta.
Attended by over 100 people with good number of cheerful children awaiting their presents, and adults enjoying a terrific dinner prepared by Chef Emad and Med Grill staff and wonderful holiday live music was provided by Fadi Sarayar and his band
Roswell Community Masjid
Sunday November 24, 2013
Mr. Moe Mustafa and Dr. Omar Lattouf of Mentorship Atlanta met with Mr. Maher Budeir and Mr Bassem Fakhoury at the Roswell Community Mosque (website) and gave presentation on MA and its Vision and Mission to advance career opportunities for our up and coming youth.
The meeting was well attended by 2 dozen young men and young ladies in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades of high school and college level students. The participants were enthusiastically engaged on a discussion on the role of leadership in shaping one's career and on the importance of expanding one's circle of influence in order to maximize opportunities for success in an increasingly competitive environment. Roswell Community Mosque and Mentorship Atlanta expressed interest in expanding this effort in the near future.
What is Next?
Mentorship Atlanta Dinner
November 9, 2013
Dr. Lattouf hosted MA meeting on 11/9. The evening was both very informative and fun. The group listened to a presentations from MA and received an update on MA progress YTD. Great discussion ensued to take MA to the next level and increase membership and participation for both mentees and mentors. Dinner was provided by Mediterranean Grill (website)
One of our own mentees, Noor Elsaqa who is being mentored by Dr Mohamed Kelli in the field of medicine, co- organized the event. Many of the attendees expressed great interest in our program and reaching out to join the organization and seek quality mentorship.
Eid Community Celebration
1001 Nights Persian Restaurant
October 19, 2013
On October 19th, Mentorship Atlanta hosted Eid dinner for it members and the community at large. The Event was well attended and close to 200 people joined the event. Kids were entertained by clowns and face painting activities.
It was great time and our MA members had an opportunity to network and catch up with each others.
College Bound Program
University Of Georgia Division of Leadership Development
State of Georgia Foster Care Department
June, 24, 2013
On June 24th, Mr. Moe Mustafa from Mentorship Atlanta participated in the College Bound Program sponsored by, University Of Georgia Division of Leadership Development, NSORO Foundation and the State of Georgia Foster Care Department.
The 3 days Program was designed to provide current and past foster care participants with the motivation and resources to gain exposure to college environment. Each participant had an inspiring story of his or her own.
Mr. Mustafa presentation title was "Road to Success": Your Future, Your Responsibility, Your Personal Commitment". The theme of the presentation played off the Wizard of Oz story and how Dorthy figured out the road to succcess and reached OZ. Mr. Mustafa covered three principles that are key to leadership and success:
- Brain ( scarecrow)
- Heart ( tin man)
- Courage ( lion)
The concept is that it takes all three to be successful. in the case of Brain, you have to have critical thinking skills to make the right choices and analyze every situation. While you don't have to be the smartest person in the room, you just need to use your brains and think. The Heart is essential for success and the need to be passionate about the goals you want to accomplish is critical factor in achieving success. Finally, courage is required to take risk. Taking smart risk and hard work is what differentiates successful people from others who take the path of least resistance.
Mr. Mustafa shared stories and examples on each of the three criterion of success including his own porsonal story.
Mr. Mustafa introduced Mentoring as a critical part
in young people's life that would help them achieve their goals trough sharing experiences and providing overall guidance. He shared the Mission of Mentorship Atlanta, the goals for the intiative and the process for joining the group.
Mr. Mustafa concluded his presentation with a slide that said: "If it is meant to be......it is up to me"
The presentation was well received and many of the participants visited our web site and joined our Facebook page.
Mr. Mustafa Commented that he learned a lot from this experience and was very impressed with the young people who participated , specially how committed they were.
June 6, 2013
On June 6th, Mentorship Atlanta held a mentor workshop intended to provide participating mentors a guideline for mentoring participating mentees. The workshop was great success and the participants gained
great insight into the process and the expectation of mentees and mentors
March 24, 2013
Last Sunday, March 24, 2013, was the very first event for the non-profit
organization, Mentorship Atlanta, which was an overwhelming success. Dr. Omar Lattouf, Professor of Surgery at Emory University, hosted the one of a kind event. The purpose of the organization is to provide an environment for a positive and engaging mentoring experience between members of the academic and business community and young people who are actively seeking higher education and business options.
“In this room is a powerhouse of individuals,” said Dr. Lattouf, looking into a
room filled with doctors, lawyers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and aspiring professionals. “Far too often are there students who want to pursue a professional career, but who cannot find the professional in their field of study who can show them the ropes. We hope that this program can be the medium through which aspiring professionals can receive the guidance they need to fulfill their dreams,” commented Dr. Lattouf.
Ten years ago, Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli, was introduced to Dr. Lattouf through a mutual friend. “At that time,” said Dr. Kelli, “I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant. I did not know how to speak English very well, so I promised myself that I would read one page for every dish that I washed.” Dr. Kelli’s dream was to become a doctor, and Dr. Lattouf offered his time to mentor the eager apprentice. This strong relationship built over the years was never one-directional, but rather can best be described as symbiotic. “It is amazing how much I have gained from knowing Heval,” said Dr. Lattouf, “as a mentor, I feel that I have not only made a life-long friend, but I have truly benefited, in more ways than one.”
At the event, the attendees were divided into four large groups, each representing different fields of interest: law, business and entrepreneurship, healthcare, and technology and engineering. AT&T Participated in the event and Mr. Moe Mustafa, Vice President of Network Operations for AT&T shared information with attendees regarding how to apply for summer intern jobs or permanent jobs at AT&T.
Ahmed Salama, the Executive Vice President of Oriental Weavers USA Inc., was among the mentors representing the business and entrepreneurship field. Mr. Salama remarked, “I am delighted to be here, and I am extremely excited to take part in an organization dedicated to strengthening our community.” The tenant that the organizers of Mentorship Atlanta live by is reflected in an old quote credited to King George IV, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”