MCCC Bonner Leaders Tutor/Mentor HomeFront Teens

12-16-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. --Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students who participate in the Bonner Leader program are helping local teens served by HomeFront, tutoring and mentoring them in a program called "Triumphant Teens." The purpose of the program is to give at-risk teens a vision of a life that includes college and mainstream employment.

Four MCCC Bonner Leaders have been meeting with the teens on Wednesday evenings in December to review and discuss homework assignments and to focus on academic areas. The Bonner Leaders are part of a group of 15 MCCC students who spend from 300 to 900 hours over the academic year serving charitable organizations to improve education and help eradicate poverty in Mercer County.

According to HomeFront instructor Esther Osborne, “Triumphant Teens” exits to provide Mercer County teens a safe environment in which to grow in their educational, vocational, and relational goals by enabling them to realize their dreams, and keeping them from falling to the lure of the streets.

Donna Munde, a professor of Communications at Mercer and director of the college’s Bonner Leader program, “Mercer is pleased to assist HomeFront in this effort, and we hope to continue the collaboration in the spring 2010 semester.”

Bonner leader Zadewine Kemah, a Communications major, said she enjoys doing community service and working with teens. In addition to HomeFront, Kemah has worked with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, a crisis ministry group, a garden group, and MCCC’s DREAM program, where she mentors students with cognitive disabilities.

MCCC student and Bonner Leader Zadewine Kemah.
Teens participating from Home Front, from left, are Shakeyla Stevens, Keeosha Harris, Alison Williams, Ty’Quansa Truesdell and Giselle Scott.

HomeFront is a nonprofit agency providing a comprehensive network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County. The agency offers emergency shelter, transitional and affordable housing, and meets immediate needs for food, shelter and safety. Another goal is to help troubled families break the cycle of poverty.

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