Within Spiritual Life, there are currently 14 ministries, the newest being Mentoring for College and Career Readiness (MCCR), which gives Olivet students the opportunity to work with younger students in the Kankakee area.
Because Kankakee is one of the lowest scoring districts in the state, outside of Chicago, this program could potentially be very benefitting to the community.
“We partner with Youth for Christ in Kankakee, and we have essentially combined two of their ministries,” senior Rachel Hensley, one co-leader of the ministry, said.
MCCR hosts tutoring sessions Mondays and Wednesdays for elementary school students from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The members of the group would also have the ability to mentor middle school and high school students each week for at least 30 minutes.
The ministry is hoping to gain a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring relationship to help more students. For this to be successful, the group needs more Olivet participants. It has been a goal for Youth for Christ to make this organization come to Olivet’s campus.
“Now we can get more volunteers from the ONU student body and get support from Olivet as a whole to reach the students in Kankakee,” co-leader Vanessa Cohn said.
According to Vice President of Spiritual Life senior Esther Paek, her personal goal is for students of Olivet is to “participate in Christ’s mission and be transformed in character and spiritual growth during [their] years at Olivet.”
MCCR currently has many goals that they would like to accomplish through their organization, one, to benefit the youth students in any way possible, all while sharing the Word of God with them. Specifically, the club is striving to get 40 tutors from Olivet to work one-on-one with each student enrolled. They are also looking to receive reports on a 25 percent decrease in mentees’ discipline referrals from their schools.
“[We want] to make ONU students more aware of what the students in the Kankakee area face in their everyday lives. We hope to find many opportunities to share the Gospel with the students,” Cohn said.
Spiritual Life is hosting a kick-off for all of its ministries on Sept. 30. The kick-off will allow members of all ministries to worship together.
— Sarah Ortman, Staff Writer