LP County Mentoring Collaborative to host event for public Jan. 30

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Last year, January was proclaimed as National Mentoring Month in La Porte and Michigan City by each of the respective acting mayors, inviting our community to celebrate the benefits of mentoring and the impact it has on young people.

Mentoring is important since it makes such a positive impact in the life of a youth who needs a caring adult to invest time to make a difference. The La Porte County Mentoring Collaborative, sponsored in part by United Way of La Porte County, helps in these efforts to provide quality mentoring programs that are proven to build healthy relationships, improve school attendance and academic achievement, promote responsible decision-making, and provide skills to better navigate relationship at school, socially and at home. 

The collaborative is hosting a special luncheon, “Celebrating Our Youth,” on Jan. 30 at the Silver Palace in La Porte from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are available from any of the agencies involved in the mentoring collaborative or RSVP to info@unitedwaylpc.org by 1/22/2020. Community members are invited to enjoy lunch provided by Indiana United Ways, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, and American Licorice to learn about how local organizations are changing lives and impacting our community through the power of mentoring. 

Youth-serving agencies involved in this collaborative are: 

La Porte Slicers School-based Mentoring Program: Designed for students who need consistent, supportive adults in their lives, the program helps with goal setting and problem solving and celebrates successes. “A mentor is someone who walks before you to guide you and alongside you to show you what you can do,” is the program’s guiding principle. Please contact: Bert Sappenfield at 219.362.3102 x61027 or bsappenfield@lpcsc.k12.in.us.

Youth Service Bureau’s School Buddies Program: This program offers one-to-one mentoring at schools in La Porte County. Mentors spend one hour a week eating lunch, playing games and talking with elementary school students. Please contact: Stephanie Fleshman at 219.362.9587 x107 or schoolbuddies@csinet.net

The Boys & Girls Club’s Al Whitlow Experience: The AWE Program is offered to children ages 5-18 in the Charles Westcott Club, with extensions in Pine and Springfield elementary schools. It provides a combination of one-on-one, group and peer mentoring while meeting weekly with students; volunteer mentors building relationships with their mentees; and helping mentees to pursue “their greatest future.” Please contact 219.873.2298 or myclub@bgclubmc.org for more information.

Family Advocate’s CYA Program: This program aims to match struggling youth who want someone to talk to about their concerns, to be a positive role model and to interact with. A Court Youth Advocate listens, understands and represents the best interest of the youth. Tutoring, sharing a movie, bowling or just making a phone call are supportive ways to make a positive difference. Please contact Brenda Stellema at 219.324.3385 or bstellema@lpfamilyadvocates.com.

MCAS Safe Harbor’s H40 Mentoring Program: MCAS students meet with a mentor for one hour a week at the child’s school, under the support of the Hours for Ours site coordinator, spending time playing games, talking and building relationships based on trust and support. The mentor is an emotional “cheerleader” for the child as he/she grows and begins to realize their potential and sprouts dreams for the future. Please contact Abby May at 219.873.2026 x 8750 or amay@educatemc.net.

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