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The Mentoring Center works with a wide range of partners—using innovation and expertise to help over 6,000 young people each year!

Here are some of our current projects:

Project Mentor
Project Mentor empowers individual students by focusing on the assets required to improve academic performance and high school graduation. By strengthening the attitudes, values and skills that support our youth from within, Project Mentor is helping equip our students with the resources to transform our community, one child at a time.
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Peer Mentoring

The Mentoring Center has collaborated with Communities In Schools on a number of peer mentoring programs including Brookhaven High School students working with Clinton Middle School and Mifflin High School working with students three days a week at Arlington Park Elementary. Learn more...

Lifeskills Curricula
Through the support of the Ingram White Castle Foundation, the Mentoring Center is developing lifeskills modules for mentors and mentees learning together.  Adding to current modules focused on Dealing with Anger and Decision-Making are new modules-- Thinking like a Leader, Acting on Your Goals, Connecting with People Who are Different from Me and more. These multi-part modules are strongly interactive, culturally competent and fun!  Contact the Mentoring Center to arrange for a presentation –as part of an on-going after-school or other youth program.
Anger Management Training

The Mentoring Center has developed curricula through grants from Huntington Bank and Mougey and Denison Funds at The Columbus Foundation. We offer two different training sessions to help young people learn better ways to deal with anger and use it to achieve positive ends.

The two-hour interactive training for mentors focuses on seven key tools for dealing with anger. The professional session, ranging from two-to-five hours, includes videos, scenarios, role-plays and citations for further study. CEU’s are available for social workers.
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Sisters 4 Sisters

Sisters 4 Sisters is a unique mentoring program for teenage girls at East and Walnut Ridge High Schools. Rather than one-on-mentoring, the girls meet weekly during their lunch period in small groups with facilitators from The Mentoring Center, Communities in Schools and Seal of Ohio Girl Scouts. The program is funded by The Ingram White Castle Foundation.

In its second year, the Sisters 4 Sisters Program has successfully developed a casual style that allows the girls to discuss topics such as Alternatives to Anger, Mother-Daughter Relationships and communication skills. Their activities outside of school, such as attendance at plays, movies and bowling outings, have deepened their appreciation for the importance of friendship among women as sisters.

Buckeye Mentoring Hub at Ohio State
The Hub is an innovative on-campus collaboration developed to increase the number of college mentors while fostering academic and social gains for children in nearby schools. This academic year, the Hub recruited, screened, trained, placed and oversaw over 350 Ohio State mentors at 13 different sites. Learn more...
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“Without the Mentoring Center, our mentorship program would not exist in its current capacity. Each year, the Center provides free trainings and/or background checks to over 75 of our mentors! This is invaluable to us at KIDSConnect because our mentors emerge with the skills to communicate with and handle situations that may arise while mentoring a middle school youth. Our mentors have stated that without the Mentoring Center trainings, they would spend one year trying to “figure out” their mentee, rather than build the relationships that are imperative to a successful mentor- mentee match. "

- Darlene Scheid, Formerly of The Educational Council






















































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