About Us

The three of us met in the early 1990s while working in the same office at the University of Michigan. Together, we learned to do effective education outreach for a National Science Foundation center there: at first organizing tutoring, tours, and push-in classroom demonstrations, which evolved to encompass preschool play groups, community center and elementary school science clubs, summer science camps, career clubs, youth task forces, academic and career mentoring, career fairs, and summer research programs for teachers. We worked with many community partners (schools, service organizations, churches, teen clubs, businesses) in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Pontiac, and Detroit, and facilitated a broadbased coalition to improve math-science literacy. When our sponsoring organization reached its preplanned end in 2002, we founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Michigan Reach Out!) and continued to recruit, train, and supervise mentors in Ann Arbor until 2010. Over those years, numerous state, community, and educational programs adopted our holistic mentoring model, using the training materials (comprehensive orientation and ongoing workshops) that we developed, refined and freely gave away. We have spent the past year turning the most important parts of that training into a book and journal to help anyone reach the level of self-understanding and maturity we expected of our committed mentors. We have pilot-tested this format with a summer youth career training group and a single-moms ministry, where it was equally well received.

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