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The Matching Process:

We work both directly with parents as well as community partners in the greater Grand Rapids area to identify children that could benefit from a positive role model. All volunteers must be currently enrolled at least half time at GVSU and pass a rigorous screening process.

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Building Relationships:

Strong connections between mentors and mentees are essential but belonging to a larger team as a whole matters too. Leveraging technology we provide all team members with a variety of tools and welcome frequent communication and feedback.

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Results of Mentoring:

We're proud of the work we do in the community and want to share our successes with others. Mentoring continues to be a driving force in fostering the growth of America's youth. Build your understanding about our program and mentoring as a whole.
  • Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
    Ben Franklin
  • Being a mentor is an important thing, I've had many in my life and without them I wouldn't be where I am today.
    President Thomas Haas
  • The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
    Helen Keller
  • A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to know that no matter how dark the night, in the morning joy will come. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view.
    Oprah Winfrey
  • My mentee has taught me to slow down and enjoy even the little things in life. He reminds me to laugh, smile, and overuse I love you. I have such a big heart for Pals Student Mentors and know that it drastically changes the lives of both mentors and mentees.
    Jessica M.