Children living in poverty grow up at high risk for passing that lifestyle on to their own children but a meaningful mentor program can be an effective tool in breaking that cycle. This course discusses the development of a missional mentor/mentee program, beginning by exploring how to choose participants in such a program. Terms and goals will be defined, including poverty (both generational and situational), and an examination of characteristics of Generations Y and Z. Examples of policies and procedures will be available, so that you can see how these policies affect both mentors and students. You will leave the course with understanding of reporting, proper behavior, and authority within the program.
Learners will be required to obtain a copy: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities by Ph.D. Ruby K. Payne
This course is worth 1.0 CEUs.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Certification or Series: No
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About the Instructor
John J. Noggle brings personal experience to his course on childhood poverty: His parents grew up in poverty. First as a teacher and coach then as a United Methodist minister in Arkansas, John has been keenly aware of the many children at risk because of generational and situational poverty. As part of his doctoral studies at Southern Methodist University he explored how a mentor program could help break this cycle of poverty, basing that study on one he had developed and used as part of his public school duties. There he had success in bringing the schools, community, and church together in partnership where learning and relationships could be developed. He successfully applied for funding of food and clothing outreach for children and youth as well as establishing youth and adult Bible studies.