Close to two years ago, I became involved in youth mentoring. After a frustrating and fruitless job search after graduation, I decided to do a year of service through AmeriCorps in a position that was focused on strengthening and supporting youth mentoring. I served with an organization called Mentor Michigan and also became a volunteer mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Long story short, my service through AmeriCorps led to my current job as Program Director of the Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps.**
Dedicated Pistons fans know that each year the Pistons host "community nights," which are designed to raise awareness and funds for community needs. On January 22nd, the Pistons will host "Mentoring Night at The Palace" as one of this season's community nights. All of us involved in youth mentoring would love for you to join us!
Throughout the evening, mentoring will be featured at The Palace and (hopefully) during the game as well. In addition, the Pistons have made discounted tickets available via this link (and this link only!). Further, the Pistons will donate $5 to Mentor Michigan for each ticket that is sold through this promotion, 100% of which will be granted to local mentoring programs throughout the state. When purchasing tickets, please use the keyword “mentor“.
It goes without saying that this is an incredible opportunity for youth mentoring. All of us involved are incredibly grateful that the Pistons have partnered with us to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for Michigan's youth, and we're confident it will be a very special evening for all who attend.
Shameless Request: If you (or others you know!) are planning on attending another Pistons game this year, please take a moment to consider if you could make it this one.
** I'm not posting any of this to brag about / flaunt my volunteerism, just to give explanation for how I'm involved in the event.