Mentoring

Youth benefiMany helping boy with biket from supportive and caring relationships with older individuals who serve as a guide and role model. Many youth find these relationships naturally through their involvement in school, youth serving organizations like 4-H, families and communities. Youth mentoring programs are often designed to serve youth who do not find these relationships naturally. MSU Extension has more than 20 years of experience in creating supportive, long-term mentoring relationships. 4-H offers a range of mentoring programs including community-based, site-based, adult-youth, peer and small group mentoring. Our programs are based on youth mentoring quality program standards and best practices. Programs serve a variety of audiences including court-involved youth, youth living in foster care, children of prisoners, academically challenged youth and youth who face other challenges. 

To learn more about mentoring, visit Michigan 4-H.

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  • What secrets can you keep?

    September 26, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | You expect your mentee to confide in you, but sometimes they disclose information that needs to be shared.

  • Every important task gets a team!

    September 23, 2014 | Edward Scott | Teamwork can lead to a better design process, a more enjoyable working environment and ultimately a better final result.

  • Facilitating youth: challenges and approaches for overcoming them

    September 23, 2014 | Makena Shultz | The process of facilitation comes with some potential challenges. This article recognizes three challenges facilitators might face when working with youth and gives practical steps to mitigate those obstacles.

  • Maker Space: anytime, anywhere

    September 22, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Learn how you can create a maker environment without a Maker Space.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 2

    September 19, 2014 | Kea Norrell-Aitch | Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Facilitating: verbal tools for working with youth

    September 18, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Start shifting your interactions with youth from teacher to facilitator with these five verbal tools.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 1

    September 16, 2014 | Kea Norrell-Aitch | Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Risky play and youth

    September 16, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Play that has components of risk can lead to positive outcomes.

  • Making time to mentor

    September 15, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | It only takes 1-2 hours a week to make a difference in the life of a child as mentor. How can you find the time in your busy schedule to take on this important role?

  • Seek to be effective

    September 12, 2014 | Edward Scott | When faced with conflict, do you seek to resolve the situation in a way that makes you effective or just right?

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