Peer-to-Peer Character Mentoring Program Launched

Peer-to-Peer Character Mentoring Program Launched

Exciting New Community Collaborative to Enhance 21st Century Skills in Youth

Ft. Myers, FL, November 18, 2015:   

I Will Mentorship Foundation launched an exciting community collaborative for Lee County at-risk youth with a goal of reducing criminal activity, building character, and reducing the academic achievement gap through 21st century learning skills.  In this unique program, JROTC cadets from Ft. Myers High are being trained to mentor James Stephens International Academy (JSIA) middle-school youth in good character using Uncommon Friends curricula founded in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM).  The launch took place at the Burroughs Home where cadets escorted their future mentees through various activities including a hands-on science lab, tour of the Burroughs Home, U.S. Navy Recruiting Station using Sea Perch and Drone program demonstration, Florida Department of Health, Ft. Myers Police Community Bike Ride, and a rock wall climb.   Activities were followed by several brief speeches, cake and ice-cream before the students were returned to school.    


This program is being piloted throughout the 2015/2016 school year.  Once proven, it will be made available for other schools in Lee County and throughout the US as a service learning program that is scalable, impactful and self-sustaining.  


This initiative can be further enhanced by greater community involvement.  Contact IWMF for more information about how you can become involved.   Through collaboration, we transcend our own limitations to accomplish things much greater than each entity alone could achieve in advancing our youth and community.