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AEE Students Mentor Local Youth through 4-H YFP Program

Posted: December 9, 2011

The greatness of 4-H is found within the power that volunteers have to change the lives of youth. Four AEE students participated as volunteers for the newly formed 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with Promise. Morgan Campbell, Saadiqa Lundy, Jennifer Mapes, and Josh Walker volunteered their time this fall semester to support local youth in their development of various skills, enabling them to reach their fullest potential and lead productive lives.

The 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with Promise program is a prevention program designed to increase the developmental assets of youth, ages 10-14.  To increase the youth’s interpersonal competence, improve academic performance, and strengthen family relationships, the program utilized three main components: group mentoring, 4-H activities and family night out activities.  These combined actions were designed to enhance the participation of the youth with the mentor and his or her family as well as foster family bonds. 

Student volunteers commented that this was a "rewarding experience because of the time they had getting to know their mentees" and as one said, "learning more about myself and what I can give to others, especially youth."

To learn more about the program or to inquire about volunteering to mentor, please contact the Project Director, Nicole Webster, at nsw10@psu.edu or Centre County YFP Site Coordinator, Centrice Mulfinger, at clm370@psu.edu.