Free, low-cost programs for mentorship for kids, teens in Lansing

Children have struggled during the pandemic without the necessary structure that school provides.

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Educators saw more kids act up. Police have observed youth gun violence among youth. Many community organizations have emerged or gained prominence in the community as they work to keep children safe.

Not enough: Lansing youth need more mentorship opportunities, community members say

Here is a list of some free programs, groups, and mentoring opportunities for teens and young adults:

The turning point of Lansing

The Turning Point of Lansing offers mentoring opportunities to black boys in grades seven through twelve. The goal is to provide “developmental and emotional support through direct and regular interaction with African American adult males,” according to the website.

teenagers can Apply online here to be matched with a mentor. Adults interested in becoming a mentor can do so apply online here.

Contact: 517-336-8067 or fill out this online form

Big brothers, big sisters

Big brothers, big sisters Lansing matches children with adult volunteers who can mentor and guide them through life. Children from the age of 5 can apply for a big brother or a big sister.

This program is free for children. Register them online here.

The non-profit organization is primarily looking for men who want to become Big Brothers. More than 70% of children waiting for a big brother or sister are boys, but only about 30% of voluntary requests come from men.

Contact: development@bbbsmcr.org, 517-372-0160

Petals and pine cones

Petals and Pinecones is a Christian mentoring program that supports girls and women ages 13-24. According to the website, “they mentor young women in developing and improving self-esteem, self-image and self-esteem.”

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