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Mentoring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Michigan

Many advocacy organizations provide contacts between persons who act as mentors and Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. Find advocacy agencies in your area in our Agencies section.

On this page, we’ll highlight programs and information to assist those who need mentors, or those who would like to serve as mentors to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

One outstanding effort underway by the Michigan Association of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH) is the program called “Bridging the Cap.”

Bridging the Gap

The Bridging the Gap Program provides amplification equipment, hearing aids, personal FM systems, as well as camping and leadership for Deaf and Hard of Hearing young people. MADHS also provides the equipment for people of all ages. The mentoring at camp comes through the camper/counselor relationships and the Leadership School Conference Assistants/Student relationships. Goals are:

  • To serve 111 Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth to help them gain increased knowledge of the health, safety and legal issues regarding drugs and alcohol abuse.
  • Help seven Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth experience increased personal and social skills.
  • Increase for 180 Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, their peers, teachers and parents their knowledge about hearing loss, communication barriers and community resources.

Mentor Michigan

Mentor Michigan is a new program sponsored by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Isiah Thomas, a former Detroit Piston player and founder of the Isiah Thomas Foundation, and Michelle Engler, the wife of Gov. John Engler. It aims to pair adult mentors with kids who have had an encounter with the Juvenile Justice System. Eligible children have been truant or involved in other non–violent minor offenses. The program is looking for mentors.

Mentors will be trained, carefully matched with kids, supported, and most importantly, helping make a difference in the life of a child. Currently, the program is pairing mentors with children from Bay, Livingston, Saginaw, Genessee, Midland, Washtenaw, Kalamazoo, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Contact Mentor Michigan by telephone at (877) 543-8722,


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