Clubs And Mentors

“In a similar Michigan Royal Family KIDS Club, a little boy named Caleb asked his mentor, Dick, to go with him to his sports team awards banquet because no one else in his life had the time or interest to go. When his friends pointed at Dick and asked, ‘who is that?’  Caleb said simply, ‘He’s my brother.’  Despite their obvious 40 year age difference and racial disparity, hearing this, his mentor smiled proudly.”

 

The five days of camp are over and you are waving goodbye. You know that this week changed lives—but you ache to do more for your campers. For Royal Family KIDS counselors and staff, this is the toughest moment of all. Now there is something more you can do to help hurting children heal. You can be a part of the Clubs and Mentors Program!

Mentors

Special bonds are established during the week of Royal Family KIDS Camp. After camp is over, that bond is carried over into a one on one mentoring relationship through our Clubs & Mentors Program. Participating campers are matched with trained mentors from the Royal Family KIDS Camp team. Mentors and their mentees spend four hours together each month.


Trust
 – the camper and mentor have already met and established a level a trust from their five days at camp togetherdoing fun activities and building healthy adult-to-child relationships. This relationship is built upon:

  • Safety – every mentor is interviewed, trained, and background checked
  • Commitment – each mentor, mentee and caregiver commit to nine months of Club and one on one mentoring time

Roughly 55% of foster children in the US have had three or more placements. 33% of foster children change elementary schools five or more times, losing relationships and falling behind educationally.*

Therefore, having a consistent mentor is VITAL.

Club

Throughout the school year campers and their mentors attend a once a month Club meeting. Club is a place where a camper can reconnect with many of the participating staff members from Camp as well as build lasting friendships with the other campers who are being mentored.

Who Can Participate in Club?

Any child 6-12 who attends Royal Family KIDS Camp is also eligible to be matched with a trained mentor the same year they attend camp. Graduating campers are eligible for the Club program the same year they graduate from camp. A camper can be in the Club program for as long as they attend Camp or until they graduate from the Club program. Participation is only limited by the number of trained Mentors and the geographic area covered.

 

For more information on the Clubs & Mentors Program please contact:

Mentor Director: Rich Shull
Email: rfk@shulleng.com

Phone: 989-859-9909

Club Coordinator: Barb Shull

Email: barb@shulleng.com

 

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