High School Mentors
With Middle School
What is a Mentor?
A mentor listens and gives thoughtful, caring advice and assistance.
A Role Model
A mentor has had successful life
experiences and is willing to share them.
A Link to the Community
A mentor is knowledgeable about the community and is willing to research any information that is unknown to him or her. He or she will teach the young person how to access local resources.
Teen Connections is a community-based peer mentoring project, established by Crawford County MSU Extension, through funds secured from the Michigan Community Service Commission and Learn and Serve Michigan. This program matches one high school student with one middle school student. They meet together, with other pairs, for at least an hour a week for a full year. Each pair enhances their relationship, by selecting projects to work on, based on their own joint interests. Some build and program Lego Robotics while others may be playing chess or basketball, making craft projects or learning a new skill. Each of the pairs select at least one service learning project, identifying and implementing the community service project with the help of other teens. All participants are screened and trained through MSU Extension using Mentor Michigan Program Standards.
For More Information
Brie Blaauw, Program Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Nancy Persing, 4-H Program Associate
Crawford County MSU Extension
200 W. Michigan Ave.
Grayling, MI 49738
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