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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-06-23

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"They were one of the first groups to
respond and have taken on a leader-
ship role. Mentor Connection has all
the services of Jewish Family Service
behind them, and that makes them
uniquely able to handle many differ-
ent situations."
Marshall is part of the chorus put-
ting out the call for mentors.
`The number of youth served in
mentoring relationships is growing,
but the number of mentors is stag-
nant," says Marshall. "We are all
working on filling the gap."
Mentor Michigan, a
Collaborative Effort
statewide group headed by
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's
Kris Marshall directs
husband, Dan Mulhern,
Winning Futures, which is
estimates that nearly 16,000
in its 11th year of provid-
Michigan residents served as
ing mentoring services.
mentors for more than
Using a structured curricu-
30,000 young people in
lum, the program helps
2004.
develop self-esteem and
While the one-on-one
goal setting in school set-
Rabbi Mo skowitz
matching done by groups
tings in Southeastern
like Mentor Connection
Michigan. Marshall also
and Big Brothers Big Sisters comes
coordinates the Metro Detroit
Mentor Collaborative (MDMC) that to mind most readily, there are other
successful mentoring concepts.
brings 14 groups together, including
"Today, group mentoring, team
Mentor Connection, to assist in
mentoring and even e-mail mentor-
recruiting, training and celebrating
ing are increasingly being used, usu-
mentors.
ally in combination," Marshall says.
"Jewish Family Service is a strong
supporter and driving force behind
the collaboration," Marshall said.
MENTOR on page 58

with another individual or can't make
the time. We do our best to make the
best connections based on personali-
ties, and it is rare that a good connec-
tion doesn't happen. When it does, we
re-evaluate the situation and move on.
"Mentors are selfless kinds of people
who are looking to foster relationships
solely to help another person," Dr.
Friedman adds. "They'll all tell you
how positive it is. Their role in tikkun
olam, or repair of the world, is to
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"It's about nurturing, listening, talking and whatever skills you can
enhance in them. You help them feel good about themselves and the
choices they will make. One of my friends was involved and mentioned it
to me, and I thought, 'Wow, this is really a neat opportunity to get in
touch with young people, to make a difference in someone's life and
broaden their horizons just a little.' It's a real special program, and I love
doing it. I absolutely can't wait to get back to it. There are so many kids
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— Roberta Peterman, Commerce Township, mentors Rochelle Novak, 12, at
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