The Marshall Mentor Program helps youth understand the importance of empathy, strength, courage, perseverance, kindness and forgiveness by challenging them to put these traits into action. The program utilizes high school aged female mentors to deliver Marshall the Miracle Dog’s cornerstone messages. By supporting their younger peers the mentors are developing as future leaders in their communities.
The peer-to-peer relationship between mentors and participants deepens their understanding of Marshall’s cornerstone traits. They take action in their daily lives and communities while developing a sense of leadership and self worth.
The Marshall Mentor Program (MMP) trains female high school students to be peer mentors to middle school students and leads those middle school students through a six week program. The MMP is designed to teach the importance of having empathy, strength, courage, perseverance, kindness and forgiveness as part of one’s character. This program was inspired by Marshall the Miracle Dog and his incredible spirit and resiliency despite the abuse, neglect and bullying he suffered while living with an animal hoarder. Marshall’s story is used as a tool to build character in the mentees and leadership skills in the mentors. The curriculum incorporates a literacy component that meets the Common Core State Standards of Missouri.
The Marshall Mentor Program was piloted in the Lindbergh, Ladue and Special School District of St. Louis County in early 2014. Each of these districts has a group of trained high school mentors who are now busy leading the Marshall Mentor program in designated middle schools within those districts.
For more information on the Marshall Mentor Program or to bring the program to your school or organization, please contact Gina Marten at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-717-1270.