PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Oct. 13, 2003
Mentoring programs to get a boost at Oct. 25 program
DEARBORN---Programs to support adults mentoring children will get a
lift at a program to be held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on
Sat., Oct. 25, the nationally recognized Make a Difference Day. Featured
speaker will be Daniel Granholm Mulhern, chair of the Michigan Community
The "2003 Children's Summit: Mentoring - Let's Pass It On!"
is a partnership of Child's Hope, the child abuse prevention council for
Western and Downriver Wayne County; the UM-Dearborn School of Education;:
the Office of the Governor; Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency;
United Way Community Services; the Michigan Department of Education; Mentor
Michigan; the Children's Trust Fund; and the Michigan Community Service
The Western Wayne County Children's Summit is a kickoff to six similar
events being held throughout the state to craft an agenda and action plan
for the state-wide mentoring program called "Mentor Michigan,"
organized by the Michigan Community Service Commission.
"The 2003 Children's Summit brings the community together to share
thoughts on mentoring our children," according to Judy Hoeffler,
executive director of Child's Hope. "It is a forum of ideas and planning.
And, most of all, it is a call to action, to connect the needs of children
with the gifts of adult mentorship. Results will include an action plan
to help children in Wayne county and to gather input from Wayne county
citizens to shape the Mentor Michigan program."
The Summit includes a welcome and vision by Mulhern, who, with his wife,
Gov. Jennifer Granholm, has served as a mentor. Also included are workshops
on getting programs started, teachers as mentors, retirees as mentors,
and models for pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools. Facilitated
assessment sessions dealing with mentoring issues will allow participants
to express needs and allow Mulhern to conclude the Summit by framing mentoring
needs for children at risk.
The Summit, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 in the UM-Dearborn School of Management Building, is free, but registration is limited. Call Child's Hope at (313) 583-6401 to register.