Mentoring Middle School Students Through DECISIONS and CHOICES
When you’re trying to decide where to funnel donation money to make a difference in the community, supporting programs for mentoring middle school students makes a great choice. The ladies of Show Me Women Who Care recently decided to do just that.
Show Me Women Who Care is a group of women that care deeply about the people of Andrew and Buchanan counties and work together to make a difference. The women involved in this group meet four times a year to hear proposals from three women on potential charities and local nonprofit organizations to support. The group takes a vote at the conclusion of the meeting, then writes a combined check to the winner – all within a 30-minute meeting! The organization provides an opportunity for busy women to pool their donations to make a larger impact, with 100% of all donations going directly to a local charity or nonprofit organization.
At a recent meeting, the Show Me Women Who Care group agreed that the programs mentoring middle school students coordinated by the YWCA St. Joseph would receive a check for more than $5,000.
As the designated recipients for the gift at the recent meeting, the YWCA St. Joseph’s programs for mentoring middle school students, provides valuable support in partnership with the athletic programs of Missouri Western State University. The CHOICES program for seventh-grade girls and the DECISIONS program for seventh-grade boys helps prepare at-risk adolescents for challenges they may face at school and at home.
Each of these programs matches young people from four middle schools in the St. Joseph Public School District with athletes from the men’s and women’s athletic programs at MWSU. For eight weeks, the respective groups work through a curriculum designed to help adolescents navigate topics like bullying, peer pressure, interest in dating and learning how to make good choices for a healthy life.
Not only do the groups offer encouragement and support from their MWSU athlete mentors, they help deliver decision-making skills that will serve them throughout their lives. At the end of the program, the 70 students of each group and their mentors enjoy a pizza party and a tour of the MWSU campus.
To learn more about the DECISIONS and CHOICES programs, or to find out more about the generosity of Show Me Women Who Care and other supporters of these programs, contact the YWCA St. Joseph.
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