Mentors Matter. Become a Migrant Mentor.
Did you know each year, nearly 6,000 children accompany their parents to Ottawa County from February to late November? This steam of seasonal workers from Texas, many of whom are second and third generation, has existed for more than 30 years. It is the largest population of seasonal workers in Michigan.
Spanish is the first language in the home; 78 percent of the parents have only limited English proficiency, and on average a sixth grade education level. Due to long work hours in the fields (often six days a week), low wages, and social/ geographical isolation, parents are not able to provide after-school and summer activities/lessons for their children.
The Migrant Mentoring Program matches children from local migrant camps with community volunteers. The program is designed to build cultural bridges between the larger community and the migrant worker population, while meeting the social and educational needs of the children.
Mentors matter: Become a mentor today! Your first step in becoming a mentor is to complete the online form.
Tony and Ginner CastilloGreater Ottawa County United Way
MSU College Assistance for Migrant Scholars Program (CAMP)
MSU High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
Ottawa/Allegan Migrant Resource Council
Ottawa County Mentoring Collaborative
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