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Mizizi Maji Youth Mentoring
The Mizizi Maji (Swahili for “Root Water”) Mentoring Program provides area youth ages 8-18 with adult mentors and a strong support system, helping them consciously take control of their lives, look towards the future, and begin making good choices. The program matches youth with individual mentors, and weekly group gatherings at Baxter feature guest presentations, group activities, or lessons to facilitate positive youth development (media literacy, healthy choices, etc.).
The intent of the Mizizi Maji Mentoring Program is to increase students’ self-esteem, social competencies, academic achievement, and sense of hope. Ultimately, the mentoring program seeks to empower students to overcome socio-economic barriers and avoid the dangerous behaviors and disturbances that often accompany them, graduate from high school, attend college or pursue employment, and become healthy, responsible citizens.
The Mentoring Program has limited enrollment and therefore requires a commitment from youth participants, who must complete an application process to enter the program. For further information or to get involved as a mentor or mentee, contact Sharon LaChapelle by telephone at (616) 456-8593 ext. 233 or by email at email@example.com.