According to MENTOR, young adults with a mentor are 55% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
"What we know is that effective mentoring is culturally-responsive and operates with an understanding of the social context in which youth live," said Dorcas Prater-Shumake, a specialist at Jobs for Michigan Graduates.
JMG is the premier statewide youth program through Youth Solutions that helps young people find their path to education and employment success by providing life skills classes, pathways to employment, paid work experiences and a built-in networking community. Our agency works directly with Youth Solutions to implement regional JMG programs as a part of our larger youth programming services.
"As specialists for JMG, we believe that positive mentorships can act as a buffer for students as they embark upon their career and educational goals," said Charron Basey, JMG specialist and 2021 specialist of the year. "Mentors help our youth to navigate the unchartered waters of their educational or career journey by utilizing their soft skills and encouraging youth to learn from their personal and professional experiences."
I've previously discussed the positive impacts JMG has made on youth in the capital region. JMG has had a long-standing relationship with Lansing School District and recently started a new impactful program at J.W. Sexton High School, worthy of discussion.
"We've joined forces with Principal Dan Boggan at Sexton High School and together we are building an in-school program that is relevant and monumental," said Prater-Shumake. "In addition to the services JMG already offers youth, our students at Sexton, will be developing skills needed in the workforce and will have the opportunity to meet with and talk to local business owners, college admission representatives, successful entrepreneurs and even a few CEO's."
Having the opportunity to network with successful professionals and visits with college admission professionals will provide students with a variety of options to choose from when making postsecondary and career decisions.
"At JMG, we look forward to seeing the students in our programs cross the finish line while removing their barriers and graduating from their programs. We will do whatever is in our power to ensure those students become successful and productive citizens," said Prater-Shumake.
To learn more about JMG and Youth Solutions, visit https://www.ouryouthsolutions.org/jmg.
Carrie Rosingana is the CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! Visitwww.camw.org to connect with the Capital Area Michigan Works! team for assistance with career exploration or staffing needs. Capital Area Michigan Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, offers services in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties at our Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers.
This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: Fostering student success through mentorship