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National Mentoring Resource Center website to feature MSU Extension Mentor Training Toolkit

Our Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development educators recently created Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit to assist mentoring program staff in delivering interactive, evidence-based training. The Capacity Building team is responsible for pulling together this curriculum, specifically Lisa Bottomley, senior mentoring specialist; Christine (Sisung) Heverly, 4-H program coordinator; Jillian Tremonti, Extension program worker; Anna Elden Brady, Extension program worker; and Molly Frendo, who was an associate program leader during her time at MSU Extension.

While releasing the curriculum is already a success on its own, the curriculum is also going to be featured as a recommended resource on the National Mentoring Resource Center website, after Lisa and Molly successfully presented it at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit and it passed the Board’s review.

Michael Garringer, director of knowledge management at the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), welcomed the contributions, saying, “I want to express my appreciation for your submission of this great resource. I’m really impressed with the quality and design of the training content and am happy that listing it on the NMRC will help practitioners around the country learn about and access the materials.”

The entire curriculum contains 56 activities divided into five modules: Cultural Competency; Building the Mentoring Relationship; Communication; Setting Boundaries and Youth Development.

The following Ready to Go units are available individually through University Stores:

Congratulations to the Capacity Building team on finishing this curriculum and making an important connection with the National Mentoring Resource Center!

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Mentor of the Year finalist honored at Governor’s Service Awards

Ottawa County Journey 4-H mentor Harry Leeuw was honored as a finalist for Mentor of the Year at the 2010 Governor’s Service Awards on June 24 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. Forty finalists were selected from more than 130 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations from across the state who were nominated for their commitment to volunteer service. Harry was one of five finalists for Mentor of the Year. This award honors an individual who has made a significant difference in a child’s life through mentoring.

Harry has mentored two youth during his four years as a mentor through the Michigan State University Extension Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring program. Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring is a one-on-one mentoring program that serves court-involved youth of Ottawa County or those youth who are identified as being high risk for becoming court involved.

Harry was nominated for Mentor of the Year by Harold McDermed, MSUE program associate. According to Harold, “Harry was looking for a mentoring program that gave him the opportunity to work with kids who needed that extra encouragement to do their best and stay out of the court system.”

It looks like Harry found what he was looking for, and it was the best place for him as well as the mentees. Congratulations, Harry!

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Hello Mr. President, meet my mentor

I have always been a big fan of our youth mentoring programs. And now President Obama is a fan, too.

It’s National Youth Mentor Month, and I’m proud to say that the Michigan 4-H Youth Mentoring Program was selected to represent 4-H Youth Mentoring nationwide at a celebration that was held yesterday, Jan. 20, at the White House. 4-H National Headquarters, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House selected Michigan 4-H Youth Mentoring to attend the event in Washington, D.C., because of its broad approach to mentoring and its effective use of planned youth mentoring as a delivery vehicle for 4-H positive youth development outcomes in more than 30 counties.

Michigan State University Extension sent mentor Andrew Knight and mentee Ryan Brott, 14, and Ryan’s mother, Dawn, to visit the White House. Ottawa 4-H educator Lisa Bottomley and coordinator Laura Schleede accompanied the trio.

Ryan and Andrew were matched through the Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring program nearly a year ago. Ryan, an 8th-grader at Holland West Middle School lives in Holland, Mich., with his mother and siblings. Andrew is a 25-year-old Grand Valley State University student from West Olive, Mich.  Ryan was referred to Journey 4-H when he was struggling in school and had made some poor choices. Andrew, who had learned about the program through his criminal justice class, stepped in as a positive adult male role model. The two are a perfect match—both are passionate about sports and the outdoors. And the best part?  Since they were matched last February, Ryan has improved his grades and almost made the honor roll this past semester!

Lisa and Laura have already shared some of their photos on social media sites. We’ll post links to those on the MSUE Spotlight blog as they become available, so keep checking back!

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MSU Extension walks away with multiple mentor awards!

You’ll recall that I asked you to send good vibes out to the people and programs had been nominated for the Governor’s Service Awards. Your vibes, combined with a lot of hard work from MSU Extension staff members and mentors, worked!

The MSU Extension Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring Program of Ottawa County received the Outstanding Mentoring Program Award. Jonathan Crawford of the Wayne County 4-H mentoring Program received the Mentor of the Year Award. Read more here.

Both received their awards during “An Evening with the Stars” at the Governor’s Lansing Residence. Congratulations!

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MSU Extension walks away with two mentor awards!

You’ll recall that I asked you to send good vibes out to the people and programs had been nominated for the Governor’s Service Awards. Your vibes, combined with a lot of hard work from MSU Extension staff members and mentors, worked!

The MSU Extension Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring Program of Ottawa County received the Outstanding Mentoring Program Award. Jonathan Crawford of the Wayne County 4-H mentoring Program received the Mentor of the Year Award.

Both received their awards during “An Evening with the Stars” at the Governor’s Lansing Residence. Congratulations!

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MSU Extension youth mentoring program is one of the best

This year the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Mentoring Program received nearly 120 nominations. Of those, Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring in Ottawa County rose to the top as one of the finalists. The Journey 4-H team includes Laura Schleede, Harold McDermed, Jennifer Morse, and Betsy Knoll.

In addition, Michele Ripka, is a finalist for the Outstanding Mentor! Michelle has been a volunteer 4-H mentor since 2001 and has been matched with three young women throughout her time with the program.

The winners will be announced during a celebration at the governor’s residence on June 18. In my book, this MSU Extension team and Michelle are already winners, but please join me is sending good vibes to Ottawa County and the governor’s residence! Good luck!

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