Grant Establishes Mentor PLUS Program
Alma College has been awarded a Michigan Campus Compact grant for a
program called Mentor PLUS, which will provide a mentor support system
for Alma middle school and high school youth.
Through the recruitment of Alma College students, faculty, staff and local alumni, the Mentor PLUS program will work to identify volunteer mentors and establish mentor relationships via the Alma Public Schools’ Explore After School Program, which has offered after-school academic and enrichment activities for the past four years.
“The Mentor PLUS program expands on these after-school enrichment activities and supports service opportunities while providing mentors to youth,” said Anne Ritz, service-learning coordinator at Alma College. “It supports the College’s mission to prepare students who serve generously.”
PLUS is an acronym for People Learning and Uniting in Service.
The Alma College Service Learning Office is one of six award recipients. The Michigan Campus Compact’s Campus Partners for Youth grants are financial awards up to $40,000 that are designated for funding projects that positively impact disadvantaged youth.
“This program is a great way for Alma College students, faculty and staff to get involved with, gain experience, and provide a positive example for youth in the community,” said Ritz.
Michigan Campus Compact is a non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
Posted: Wed, March 14th, 2007 at 12:29AM