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College mentors see changes in themselves, students

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:45
Social work mentors reflect on their experience.

As with so many things, the pandemic put an abrupt end to a special mentoring program involving Bethel College students, but they won’t forget it any time soon.

Seven young African-American men volunteered at Chisholm Middle School in Newton during the 2019-20 school year (two are repeats from the previous year).

They found out about the program from school social worker Ralita Cheeks, who had the opportunity to “give the best 30-second speech of my life” when the Bethel football team showed up at the school on the annual fall Service Day two years ago.

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