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Mentorship Program Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

nbGeneration Spark is an intergenerational ministry strategy that pairs young adults (ages 16–24) with mentors (adults ages 45 and up). Hope College began the mentorship program in 2017. Through a one-on-one relationship, students and mentors work together to identify and solve real-life problems in their church or community. This model allows both partners to learn from each other, to make a difference in their church or community, and to develop skills in leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving. There is also an emphasis on calling, faith, and prayer.

Recently, the Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved a $1.3 million grant to support the collaborative work of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The five-year grant will enable the continuation and expansion of Generation Spark.

Through Generation Spark local churches pair adults and young adults, who work together to address real-world problems. Research has shown that young people who are mentored through Generation Spark are 70 percent more likely to stay connected to their local congregations.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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