SEA Manistee recognizes local seniors with Peer Mentoring Leadership Award

MANISTEE — On Thursday the Manistee SEA awarded the top five high school seniors at Manistee High School with a “SEA Leadership Award,” for their service working as mentors for middle school students throughout the 2017-18 school year.

These students maintained their own class schedule, and made time to meet regularly and support middle schoolers.

Sarah Garthe, Manistee SEA facilitator, and Robert Carpenter, executive director for the Youth Armory Project and SEA member, attended the high school honors night at MHS, and gave each of the five students a plaque.

In addition, the Vogue Theatre generously donated a year membership to all 35 peer mentors. The Manistee SEA along with the Youth Armory Project wishes to extend their gratitude to the Vogue Theatre in partnering with this recognition event.

Manistee SEA works to encourage community partners in implementing the Social Development Strategy (SDS) when working with youth. This encompasses giving kids opportunities, teaching them the skills needed to be successful, and then recognizing them. The Peer Mentoring project is an excellent example of the SDS in action.

Leadership Awards were presented to: Kellie Raczkowski, Megan Anderson, Blade Gates, Tegan Wayward and Avery Weston.

Other mentors receiving recognition included:

Morgan Jarvis, Olivia Taylor, Hayley Anderson, Lexis Bialik, Maggie Blevins, Jacob Gustad, Justin Hendrix, Jeremy Wood, Mercedes Forsyth, Lindsie Adams, Abigail Beaudrie, Ben Doolittle, McKenna Grant, Anna Hansen, Shelby Helminiak, Trinity Herbert, Sara Shaefer, Hannah Tyron, Stephanie Grimes, Kari Zimmerman, Kelsey Sullivan, Kaylyn Kolanowski, Kyle Carter, Samara Hayes, Austin Guenther, Lexi Thompson, Lita Sheperd, Destiny Deleeuw, Noah Owens and Bishop Davis.

Substance, Education and Awareness (SEA) Manistee is made up of concerned community members willing to lend their talent and a little time, many are part of human service organizations in the county.

The mission of SEA is to increase community awareness of substance issues and support existing programs in the community to reduce risk factors – things that lead to substance use, while increasing protective factors for people in our area of all ages.

The system SEA is using is called Communities That Care. SEA Manistee is a workgroup of the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB).

For more information about Manistee SEA contact Garthe at SGarthe@centrawellness.org. Funding for SEA is from Public Act 2 (Liquor Tax Funds) through the Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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