National Mentor’s Month

Local Celebration Includes Community Service and Pizza Party

January is National Mentor’s Month! Thousands of youngsters across the nation are being supported by volunteer adults, who meet with them regularly and make a real difference in their lives. Young people who have the support of a mentor are more likely to stay in school and have more resiliency as they face challenges in their lives. Locally, the Mentors Plus Program, part of Oakland County Youth Assistance, has had the involvement of more than 1,000 people in activities over the past year.

On January 21st, volunteers from the Mentor Plus Program celebrated National Mentor’s Month by working with Kroger Stores in the Bringing Hope to the Table Program to support Gleaner’s Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Mentors, their matches, and other family and friends collected over 25 shopping carts of food and cash donations as a community service project. Our thanks go out to the many people who contributed to this important cause. After collecting for Gleaners, the celebration continued with a pizza party at the Elks Lodge, #810, in Waterford, Michigan. Great food and fun was had by all.

The Mission of Youth Assistance is “To strengthen youth and families and reduce the incidence of delinquency, neglect and abuse through community involvement.”  Do you want to help make a difference too?  Please join us in sharing your time and talents with the Oakland County Mentors Plus Program.


To become a mentor yourself or get additional information, please contact Hank Szlenkier or Julie Stitt at the Mentors Plus Program at (248) 858-0041.

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