Community Grant Supports Mentoring of At-Risk Youths

Community Grant Supports Mentoring of At-Risk Youths

The Midland County Youth Action Council through the Midland Area Community Foundation awarded a $4850 grant to Midland Young Life to support the cost of nine Midland at-risk students to attend a Minnesota camp July 10-18, along with approximately 44 other youth and leaders. Young Life camping is open to kids who often are overlooked: those from economically depressed communities, adolescents with disabilities and teenage mothers. The grant supports Midland Young Life’s concerted effort to impact the lives and future paths of Midland at-risk students by using its existing system of mentoring, while enabling students to experience high-adventure camp with a motivational purpose.

“Camp is often one of the best weeks of these students’ lives – and mine,” said Jill Rainwater, Area Director of Midland Young Life. “The Youth Action Council’s generosity made this experience a reality for 9 additional students who would not otherwise have been able to attend.”

Young Life is an international, non-denominational ministry that reaches out to adolescents through volunteers, staff, and camps by building meaningful relationships with them. Campers listen to motivational messages and participate in challenging activities, as well as grow personally through friendships with their mentors and cabins (teams). These relationships continue and deepen in weekly club meetings in Midland. Young Life is known for its strong youth leadership development program based on mentoring and service.

“Midland Young Life has been bringing mentors and students to our camps for over 45 years and we are exceedingly grateful for the generous grant that was extended to us by the community,” said Adam Peterson, Chair of the Midland Young Life Committee. “Young Life reaches out to youth – all youth – to let them know they are valued and that they have huge potential. Midland is a community that strongly supports high-quality youth programs and this grant is a prime example of that support.”