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Ann Arbor, Michigan: Youth Alliance for Peace
This after-school tutoring & mentoring program, with a focus on leadership and community service, is sponsored by Washtenaw County 4-H. Youth aged 14 to 18 are mentored by volunteers recruited from local community and universities.
They meet M–F after school: mostly Tuesdays from 1:30–3 at Willow Run High School and Thursdays from 2:30–4 at Ypsilanti High School
For more information, contact Project Manager Nia Tatum, P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645; (734) 997-1678, x2613.
- project-based mentoring by e-mail
Kansas City, Missouri: Meet the Mentor
Sponsored by Science Pioneers, this program invites 4th to 12th grade students to attend a one-day session at Kansas University Medical Center to discuss their science fair ideas with mentors. Dozens of mentors from business and academia talk with students one on one or in small groups and attempt to guide them into a “great project” for the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.
Chicago: Tutor/Mentor Connection
An after-school tutor/mentor program for 100 teens living in Cabrini-Green connects them with adult business and professional volunteers in one-on-one matches. Many such matches last for years and nearly 20% of the 120 volunteers have between 3 and 26 consecutive years service.
In 1994, the Tutor/Mentor Connection was founded to fill a void of leadership connecting existing programs in the city. Since then, they have located more than 300 sites around the city with some form of after-school tutoring and/or mentoring. They publish a complete listing of sites and send it to more than 3000 businesses each year to encourage them to participate in programs.
They also publish a quarterly newsletter that profiles good ideas and shares training tips and contact information. In addition, they organized leadership conferences to bring together leaders and volunteers to share and learn from each other.
For more information, contact Dan Bassill, tutormentor2 AT earthlink.net, Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, 535 W. Chicago Ave., 21N, Chicago, Il 60610. Or visit their Web site at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/.
Long Beach, California: POWER 4 Youth
POWER 4 Youth provides mentoring/tutoring to middle and high school youth throughout Long Beach. Volunteer tutor/mentors provide basic academic support and encourage scholastic achievement while mentoring youth in their self-development. Adults and teens meet one-on-one for one or more hours each week at local supervised sites.
POWER 4 Youth is for all youth age 12 to 17, and for all adults interested in helping youth. The qualifications to be a mentor are a genuine interest in youth, the ability to listen non-judgmentally, dependability, and the desire to give back to the community. Free training and support create a successful experience for both the youth and adult.
For more information, contact Val Parker, Program Coordinator at 562-435-2352 or power4youth AT earthlink.net.