Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? Each year the first 31 days focus on creating more awareness about mentoring, the ways in which it empowers youth in our communities and how to get involved. In Macomb County alone, there are numerous programs and initiatives, focused on a variety of interests, skills and goals.
Below you’ll find a handful of mentorship offerings right here in our local area:
MSU Extension 4-H Youth Mentoring
The MSU Extension 4-H Youth Mentoring program nurtures positive relationships and enhances development through individual, group, peer and community mentoring based on the main focus areas of 4-H: Head, Hands, Heart and Health. Additional details on this program can be found at .
For 25 years, Winning Futures has empowered students to be successful in high school and beyond through its four-year experiential program focused on mentoring, workforce preparation and life skills development. It is currently offered in Macomb County at Warren Mott High School in Warren and Community High School. For more information, visit .
Junior Leadership Macomb
Junior Leadership Macomb is designed to educate high school students about the assets, issues and systems that make up Macomb County. Sessions include presentations by topic experts, interactive exercises, group dialogue, panel discussions, unique field trips, job shadowing and community service projects. Full details on this program can be found at .
Fueling the Talent Pipeline Initiative
The Macomb County Planning and Economic Development department utilizes mentorship of all kinds to fuel the local talent pipeline by connecting professionals and students. From guest speaking and job shadowing to advisory board positions and extracurricular program participation, there is something to fit every mentor. To learn more, visit .
We’d love to hear your thoughts on how mentoring has had a positive impact in your life so be sure to share them with us in the comments!
Amy Lafnear is a communications specialist for Macomb County Planning and Economic Development.