Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pay it Forward, Learn How to Become a Youth Mentor

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young person? The Mentor a Child Forum will help identify how you can volunteer to make a lasting impact in your community.

Free and open to the public, the forum is set for 6 p.m. Friday, June 4, in Ferris State University’s Rankin Student Center Dome Room featuring keynote speaker Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly and more than 13 are youth-centered organizations.

The forum is part of Ferris’ new Orphan and Foster Youth Initiative, which seeks to provide opportunities and resources to orphans, or children who have aged out of foster care, attend and successfully earn a college degree.

Big Rapids resident Sally Workman, a member of the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, has collaborated with Ferris’ Diversity Office to bring this forum to life. Spending the majority of her life in foster homes, Workman attributes her success as a college graduate and registered nurse to the efforts of her mentor: “A woman who invested time in me when no one else would,” she said.

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