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-Program is designed to encourage, support, and educate youth participants.-

 The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the launch of the AKC Junior Mentor Program.

The goals of the AKC Junior Mentor Program are to provide Juniors just entering the sport or those looking to sharpen their skills (mentees) with a positive role model and friend who will help them on their journey to become an accomplished Junior; and, to provide experienced Juniors (mentors) the opportunity to improve their own skills while sharing their experiences. Mentors will provide advice and support in topics such as handling, grooming, proper dress and behavior, sportsmanship and more. Participating in the Junior Mentor Program as a mentor or mentee counts toward the number of activities required to become a Junior Ambassador, a program that recognizes Juniors for being active in the sport.

“A mentor program is a great opportunity for Juniors actively involved in AKC events to assist new young people in AKC Events,” says Mari-Beth O’Neill, Vice President of Sports Services.

The Juniors Program offers children an opportunity to compete in Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Rally, Tracking, Hunt Tests, Herding, Field Trials, Earthdog, Lure Coursing, Coursing Ability and Coonhound Events. This program applies to children ages 9-17 for Conformation and up to 17 for all other sports, with no minimum age. Children participating in these sports and events develop their handling skills, learn about good sportsmanship, dogs, and dog events.

“I am excited to see how many new Juniors will be supported,” states Leslie Fetzer, Director of Education. “The Junior Mentor Program is a great opportunity to showcase excellent sportsmanship.”

To learn more about the AKC Junior Mentor Program or the AKC Junior Ambassador Program, including how to sign up to be a mentor or mentee, please visit: https://www.akc.org/sports/juniors/

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