Hours for Oursis a school-based mentoring program partnering Michigan City Area Schools Students with the Michigan City adult / business community, thereby creating positive voluntary intergenerational relationships nurturing childrens' potential. Who are mentors? Business Community Members, Retired Community Members, Parents, Grandparents, high school students in good standing, college and university students, and Community Members Committed to Children
Youth participation in Hours for Ours may be at the suggestion of a parent, child, principal, teacher or other school support staff. Student participation must have parent consent. Youth are matched with a mentor who has successfully completed the mentor application process and undergone a criminal background check. MCAS youth meet one hour per week with their mentor. Meetings take place in a designated area within the child's school, under the support of a Hours for Ours school site coordinator. Youth and mentors spend time playing games, talking and building relationships based on support and trust. The mentor is an emotional 'cheerleader' for the child as he/she grows and begins to realize their potential and sprout dreams for their future. Mentors are available to meet during a student's lunchtime or in designated MCAS after-school program sites. Any meetings between a mentor and a student outside of school or a designated Hours for Ours sponsored activity is between the mentor student and students parent.
"Mentoring has made me slow down once a week, long enough to realize what is really important"- Heather, Trans Apparel Group
"My mentor taught me how to be a good friend"- Pine School Student
"If you make a little impact in a child's life by encouraging them in the right direction you've made a real contribution to the child, yourself and the community"- Larry, Weil McLain
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Hours for Ours Partners with the following:
Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan City Area Schools, Michigan City Businesses, Faith-based Organizations, and Community Members, Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, and United Way of Laporte County.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction ~John Crosby
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give ~ Winston Churchill
Be the change you want to see in the world ~Gandhi
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel ~Maya Angelou
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. ~Lady Bird Johnson
A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. ~Unknown