Wayne County Children and Family Services and Michigan State University Extension established a youth mentoring program to serve adjudicated and at-risk youth throughout Wayne County. Back in January, I told you about 4-H Tech Wizards, a group-mentoring program that matches professionals who work in science, engineering, technology and math fields with youth in Ottawa and Wayne counties. Earlier this month, Wayne County received a 2011 NACo (National Association of Counties) Achievement Award for Tech Wizards. The annual award recognizes innovative county government programs.
4-H Tech Wizards addresses the need for youth at risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system to engage in activities that will expose them to technology and technology-related careers. The program also involves the youth in community service using technology to address a community need. It puts an emphasis on building family and community supports that promote college access for youth.