Volunteer Opportunity: UP 200 & Midnight Run
The UP200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 is looking for volunteers to help with the races on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. They need help with starting and road crossings. The largest need is in the Chatham/Wetmore road crossings–if anyone lives out that way, they would love to hear from you! Please go to http://www.up200.org for for volunteer information and sign up or contact Jenn Beckman at 906-364-3857 for more details.
Camp New Day UP – Board Position Open
Camp New Day UP is actively seeking new board members for our organization. We currently have an active board of 8 members, which include an NMU student from the Student Leader Fellowship Program. Our sole purpose is to raise funding, hire staff, and oversee a free 1 week summer camp (July 9-15) for UP children, aged 9-14, whose lives have been impacted by an incarcerated family member/caregiver. We meet monthly, usually the third Monday of the month at 4:30 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Ridge and High Streets in Marquette. Meetings are run efficiently and are usually between 1 – 11/2 hours long until we get closer to camp time.
Camp New Day UP is a 501(c)3 non-profit and has been in existence since 2002. Our current board, not including the NMU student, has an average age of 68. They are looking for younger, dedicated community members to step forward with fresh energy and ideas to keep this very worthwhile program alive.
For more information, contact Gene Champagne at (906) 250-2140 or champagne.gene@gmailcom, or visit https://www.facebook.com/CampNewDay.
40 Below Committees
Interested in becoming more involved in 40 Below? Consider joining a committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with the chair of the committee you’re interested in. The five committees are:
- Communications Committee (Chair: Lizzie Corser and Patrick Callahan)
- Events Committee (Chairs: Kate Havel and Victoria Leonhardt)
- Finance Committee (Chair: Alex Kofsky)
- Fundraising Committee (Chairs: Victoria Leonhardt)
- Membership Committee (Chair: Nick Krause and Anna Baumgartner)
40 Below Summer Reading List
Members submitted their favorite reads in three categories.
Career/Leadership Reading List
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR by Al Ries and Laura Ries
- Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Good Reads Reading List
- A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
- All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
- Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Cope Moyers
- Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
- Every Living Thing by James Herriot
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Laughing Whitefish by Robert Traver
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- Manson in His Own Words by Nuel Emmons
- Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton by Steve Lehto
- My Friend Leonard by James Frey
- Night by Eli Wiesel
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
- Northwoods Reader Series by Cully Gage
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Banch
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusek
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
- The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemmingway
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
- The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater
- Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Hobby Reading List
- Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
- Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitters Handbook by Debbie Stoller
- The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook
- Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston by David Cruise
Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
40 Below is a proud supporter of the YMCA of Marquette County’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program. The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program is a national YMCA program that is committed to youth development by nurturing the potential of kids and teens to help them achieve and reach their full potential.
WHAT IS REACH & RISE MENTORING PROGRAM?
The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, single-parent households, among other social issues. Research shows that youth facing such challenges are more likely to succeed with the support of a caring adult. The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program connects these children with adult mentors for 12-18 months. As part of program implementation, the Y will recruit and train adult volunteer mentors to provide direct one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Mentors and mentees will participate in service projects, field trips and other engaging activities.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR LOCAL YOUTH?
The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program was founded in 1992 at the YMCA of San Francisco, and later piloted by five more YMCA locations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Phoenix, and Oakland. At these sites, Reach & Rise has been shown, through evaluation results, to help youth better express their feelings, increase school grades, expect more from themselves, get along better with others, and become more involved in enrichment programs and after-school activities. As part of a national expansion beginning in 2013, the YMCA of Marquette County is one of 38 Ys now offering the program.
WHO ARE REACH & RISE PROGRAM MENTORS?
Mentors are volunteers ages 23+, with varied cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people in Marquette County. Mentors commit to spending 1-3 hours per week with their mentee for one full year. The Y is committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for its youth and will conduct face-to-face screenings as well as provide 15+ hours of paraprofessional counseling training over 4-5 weeks before matching a mentor.
If you are interested in becoming a Reach & Rise mentor, please contact Melissa DeMarse, 40 Below member and Reach and Rise Program Leader at (906) 227-9622.
NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program Mentoring Program
Northern Michigan University’s Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is a two-year, nationally recognized leadership development program. Committed to developing competent, ethical, and community-centered leaders, the SLFP provides student fellows with a series of unique experiences, which can be organized into six component areas. Every September, student fellows attend an overnight Fall Retreat at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay. During their first semester in the SLFP, student fellows take UN250: Leadership Theory and Practice, a highly interactive, two-credit course. For the entire first year, each student fellows is paired with a mentor from the community. The mentor exposes the student fellow to different leadership opportunities in Marquette and beyond. During the second year of the program, student fellows apply the leadership skills they have developed by planning, organizing, and implementing their own 100 hour Community Service Internship. Throughout both years, student fellows are expected to complete at least 15 Skill Builders! workshops. Student fellows also attend various Special Occasions and get together for a variety of service projects and social events.
40 Below members are encouraged to participate as a community mentor. Commitment requirements include attending a one hour training session with only mentors, a one hour workshop with mentors and students at the start of each semester, and meeting approximately twice a month throughout the academic year with their mentee at locations of their choosing.
Mentor recruitment is occurs year round, with a push in the spring and the summer while matching is taking place. Matches are announced to mentors in late summer. In early September, matches are announced to students who then contact mentors to get the relationship rolling.
If you are interested in becoming a Student Leader Fellowship Program mentor, please contact Hannah Lewis, Center for Student Enrichment Coordinator, at (906) 227-2444.