mentoring en Celebrating mentors in Michigan <p>&nbsp;January is Mentoring month in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A special event today&nbsp;at the state capitol honored more than 200 organizations that connect young people with adults willing to mentor them in a&nbsp;variety of fields.&nbsp;</p><p>Lt. Governor Brian Calley spoke during ceremonies in the capitol rotunda about&nbsp;how all people need mentors to guide them.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At every important step I ever took,&quot; says Calley,&nbsp;&quot;there was always somebody there who took a personal interest in my own success.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:39:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 5879 at State officials hope more adults will mentor young people <p>Plenty of kids in Michigan need an adult mentor.&nbsp; That’s according to Paula Kaiser VanDam, executive director of the <a href="">Michigan Community Service Commission.</a></p><blockquote><p>“This year the network of mentoring organizations that we work with are serving about 24,000 children. What we know is that there are thousands more kids that want a mentor that currently do not have one.”</p></blockquote><p>Kaiser VanDam says the time commitment is one hour per week. Mentors are expected to spend time with their young person and listen to them.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:28:50 +0000 Kyle Norris 854 at State officials hope more adults will mentor young people DPS wants businesses to adopt schools <p>Detroit Public Schools is recruiting businesses to adopt schools for academic and beautification projects. Angela Hoston heads the program:</p><blockquote><p>"The goal is to have every school have a partner, and not just one partner but multiple partners. We want to raise the academic achievement levels of the bottom one-third of every classroom, and get them to the highest achievement level possible."</p></blockquote><p>Hoston says each business can work with a principal to craft a unique program based on what the school needs and what the business can offer.</p><p>The initiative was announced at Gompers Elementary, where staff from the Doubletree Fort Shelby Hotel have built a garden and mentor students. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:28:39 +0000 Sarah Hulett 778 at DPS wants businesses to adopt schools