The fall session of the Jefferson Chalmers Mentoring Project is off to a great start! The program is aimed at boys ages 11-14 living in the lower east side. The 12-week program is structured to provide mentoring, tutoring, and physical activity! It’s a great tool to get our kids working out their mind and their bodies!
Every Saturday, the boys meet to participate in discussions about core values and about issues in their lives and communities. These topics range from their attendance at school, helping around the house, avoiding gangs, or examining race and culture. After the very important discussions, the boys have an hour to work with Carl King. Mr. King is our professional literacy tutoring partner. His goal is to improve their reading and comprehension no matter what level they are starting at. The boys are working very hard.
It’s not all work and no play though! Everyone who attends the mentoring sessions on Saturdays can enjoy flag football every Wednesday after school! The boys get split into teams for the day and play some 7-on-7 flag football. Once the weather is too cold to remain outside, the program will switch to playing basketball inside after school.
For this session, they are about 30 boys participating. We are always looking for new committed mentors for the program.
Thank you to the Holley Foundation for funding this program through the end of this year and to Chris Clough, Associate Athletic Director at Detroit PAL for making sure this program is running smoothly.
To see pictures from the Jefferson Chalmers mentoring project, please click here.