Former staff member, now volunteer, receives mentoring honor

Many of our Michigan State University Extension colleagues not only do a terrific job while Extension employees, but they also often go on to contribute their expertise in retirement through volunteering. That’s the case with Ginger Kenney-Sweet, former MSU Extension Ingham County 4-H program coordinator.

The Capital Area Mentoring Partnership recognized Ginger as an outstanding adult mentor. Ginger received the recognition Jan. 14 at the Lansing City Council meeting as part of National Mentoring Awareness Month. She was one of seven people honored for their time, wisdom and support in impacting the lives of young people in Lansing and Ingham County.

Ginger acts as a mentor to high-school-age members of the Ingham County Youth Commission  (ICYC), a diverse group of young people who advises the Ingham County Board of Commissioners and others within county government on issues relating to young people. Members of the ICYC are all enrolled as 4-H members. Ginger coordinates this program, continuing work she did as an Extension staff member.

Laura Fuller, MSU Extension Ingham County 4-H program coordinator, nominated Ginger for the honor.

Laura said, “Her patient mentoring skills and commitment to developing youth has resulted in future generations of leadership who demonstrate civic engagement and motivated actions. Whether they come into 4-H programs as a volunteer or through court involvement, Ginger makes individuals feel welcome and lets them grow to fulfill their abilities.”

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