The Mentoring Program
is a three-tiered program organized by Family & Youth Initiatives to give young people the tools to grow in character, responsibility, and self sufficiency.
The first emphasis focuses on recruiting and training mentors from the community for middle/high school students in the Tecumseh and Greenon school districts. This program has become well established in the Tecumseh school district over the last 7 years. Over 100 students have participated. These students may be facing challenges of mental illness,
traumatic events in their lives, feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, repetitive behavior episodes, and/or dysfunctional family situations.
Mentors meet with their mentees once a week for an hour during the school year.
The second component develops leadership skills in middle/high school students in a weekly after-school program called DEFY (Defining Education for Youth). Students clarify their personal plans for their lives, complete community service projects, and teach middle school students once a month in a special after-school session.
Lastly, a Peer Listening cohort from the high school is trained and matched with middle school students where they share lunch once a week, developing friendships and sharing stresses. This gives at-risk youth a chance to voice their concerns and connect with a safe, older student.
"If you want a harvest in one year, grow a crop.
If you want a harvest in ten years, grow trees.
If you want a harvest that will last a lifetime, grow people."
Contact Julie Driskill, Program Director, to become a mentor or learn how to get your teens involved.