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Mentors can make a big difference in a young person's future. Mentor Michigan supports nearly 250 organizations around the state that are changing lives by matching mentors with young people. Mentor Michigan provides those organizations with training and research. It fosters partnerships with businesses, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and state and local government to support mentoring. Mentor Michigan also builds public awareness about the importance of and the need for mentors by urging caring adults to "Pass It On," because sharing a little of yourself with a young person can reward both of you with lifelong benefits.
Mentor Michigan Programs & Activities
Mentor Recruitment and Referral.
The Mentor Michigan Directory provides an online resource amd comprehensive list of mentoring programs in Michigan. Potential mentors, businesses, youth, parents, guardians, teachers, faith leaders, and others can find information on this website.
Mentor Michigan raises awareness of the value of mentoring for young people and adults alike. Each January, Michigan Mentoring Month is part of a national celebration of mentoring. There are thousands of children on waiting lists with local mentoring programs, most of them boys. Mentor Michigan is actively partnering with mentoring programs to address this issue.
Training & Technical Assistance.
Mentor Michigan has developed Quality Standards for Youth Mentoring so that youth and adults receive the most positive results from a mentoring relationship. Mentor Michigan provides training and technical assistance for mentoring programs to help them meet these standards.
Mentor Michigan convenes mentoring professionals from across the state. It's an opportunity for training, networking, and learning from each other and from national mentoring leaders.
Research & Evaluation.
Each year, the Mentor Michigan Census gathers research on program needs, and the overall status of mentoring in Michigan.
The Governor's Service Awards annually recognize a mentor and mentoring program for outstanding service in support of young people.