4-H Youth Mentoring

The Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring program matches young people in our community with caring adult volunteers who provide support and friendship. Mentors and youth ages 8-18 participate in mutually enjoyable activities with the goals of having fun and building a relationship. They spend time simply grabbing a cup of coffee, playing a board game, going for a walk or learning a new hobby together. Mentoring is as simple as that! Youth participate in the program voluntarily are referred from local schools and other organizations. Matches are asked to make a commitment to meet weekly for at least one year, though most mentoring relationships last much longer.

The Journey 4-H program continues to serve as a model of mentoring success and has received local, state and national recognition.

4-H Tech Wizards is a site based program providing small group mentoring to court involved, academically at-risk and/or gang at-risk youth. Youth are matched with caring adults who engage in positive mentoring relationships while sharing their job skills and expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each group engages in community service as they explore and identify a community need where they can apply problem solving skills and explore technology to raise awareness and offer positive solutions to that need.  Our goal is to provide mentoring to high school students who are court involved, academically at-risk, or gang at-risk. Each qualified mentor will be matched with up to four youth to help build life and workplace skills while youth form a positive relationship with a caring adult.

4-H Tech Wizards is supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Please visit Michigan 4-H Tech Wizards for more information about this specific program.

Potential mentors for both Journey 4-H and 2-H Tech Wizards will complete a detailed screening process which Includes:

  • Completing an application
  • Comprehensive background checks
  • Completing an interview with a Case Manager
  • Three references

Upon acceptance to the program, the volunteer will sign-up for training which is scheduled around the volunteer’s availability.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for Journey 4-H or 4-H Tech Wizards, please contact our staff. There are many youth in our area waiting for an adult friend. You could be the person that they are waiting for.

No one should have to Journey alone…Be a Mentor.

Contact Information:

Susan Fenton
4-H Program Coordinator
Phone: (616) 994-4543
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Will Shemer
4-H Program Coordinator
Phone: (616) 994-4578
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