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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  • 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?

  • No and low budget activities for mentors and mentees

    September 10, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | It is easy to find fun and free activities in the summer, but what can you do when the weather gets cooler?

  • Understanding early childhood developmental assessments

    September 8, 2014 | Kittie Butcher | Assessment teams use a variety of strategies to gain an understanding of a young child’s developmental status.

  • Talking to your kids about role models

    September 5, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | It’s important to communicate with your child about the positive and negative characteristics of a role model. Check out these tips for talking with your kids about role models.

  • Reconnecting with your mentee

    September 5, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | School is back in session and many school-based mentors are seeing their mentees for the first time in months. How can you recapture the relationship you developed last school year?

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