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Mentors and mentees find community of peers at 4-H Mentoring Weekend

Many of us had parents or other adults in our lives who made a difference. We had someone we could count on for wise advice and a listening ear – maybe an older sibling, a teacher or a 4-H leader. Often kids may be searching for guidance and support but they lack strong role models. That’s where 4-H Youth Mentoring comes in. The program matches caring individuals with young people to provide support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples.

For the sixth year, an event took place that helps to strengthen the youth mentoring community across Michigan. More than 90 participants congregated at Kettunen Center in Tustin July 19‒21 to take part in 4-H Mentoring Weekend. Michigan State University Extension 4-H mentoring educator Scott Lakin and Extension program instructor Dequindre Bell co-chaired the event under the leadership of campus staff Lisa Bottomley, senior Extension specialist, and Molly Frendo, associate program leader.

Senior Extension educator Barb Duvall and Extension educator Frank Cox led mentors and mentees from around the state in activities focused on financial literacy at this camp-style weekend themed “Making Cents for Life.”

In addition, participants explored conservation education, science literacy, service learning and healthy living. Mentoring partners strengthened their relationships through fun and interactive activities both indoors and outdoors, taking advantage of Kettunen Center’s beautiful setting on Center Lake.

Other Extension staff members who helped out with the event included Danielle Abrams, Kea Boyd, Barb Brow, Jessica Cotton, Lizz Duran, Susan Fenton, Derrick Harrison, Lisa Kelley, Jennifer Lasslett, Aaron Lawrence, Kim Lewis, Anetria Rhodes, B’Onko Sadler, Edward Scott, Katie Sosin, Barb Steele and Scott Victor.

Besides the learning and the fun, 4-H Mentoring Weekend provides both mentors and mentored youth with a community of peers who share their experiences.

To get an idea of the exciting atmosphere at the event, watch the following kid-produced video from the 4-H Mentoring Weekend Press Corp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-wnodtXCYg&feature=youtu.be

All I can say is “Jell-O Wars!”

Find photos of the event on Michigan 4-H Youth Mentoring’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/michigan4hyouthmentoring.

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Extension educator receives White House Champion of Change Award

Michigan State University Extension 4-H educator Kea Boyd received a White House Champion of Change Award Oct. 9 with 11 other leaders from 4-H and the FFA at an event in the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. Each week, the White House recognizes a different group of Americans who are making positive change in their communities.

Kea was the first staff member hired to coordinate the Wayne County 4-H Mentoring Program. In her role, Kea oversees day-to-day mentoring program activities and provides supervision and support to 4-H mentoring staff members working with mentor/mentee case management. She also oversees mentor and mentee pre-match and on-going training, and efforts to communicate with volunteers, parents and young people. She creates connections to support mentees and mentors.

Each Champion of Change writes a blog that appears on the Champions of Change website. Please make sure you take the time to read Kea’s blog, “Conquer the Unthinkable.” She does a tremendous job of explaining the role of 4-H and then more specifically the role of the Wayne County 4-H Mentoring Program.

Kea is quick to give credit to others in the program.

“I didn’t accept the award on my behalf but on the behalf of the whole Wayne County and statewide 4-H mentoring programs. I also accepted the award on behalf of all the mentors who have participated in the program and the youth who benefited from the program,” Kea said.

She found receiving the award a very humbling experience creating memories she will pass on to young people in the program.

Kea said, “I couldn’t believe that I was sitting in the White House and connecting with USDA and National 4-H staff members. I wish I could have met the president or first lady but they were busy campaigning.”

Read Kea’s biography on the White House Champions of Change website.

Read more in this Lansing State Journal article and this Detroit News article.

Congratulations, Kea!

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