State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) recently announced that the Mansfield North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) will receive a state grant to support Mansfield City Schools students in grades 6 through 12 to provide them with meaningful adult mentoring and peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities.

"These programs will provide an environment for students to develop life and career skills that will empower them and equip them for success," said Obhof. “I’m glad the legislature was able to provide funding for such an important purpose.”

The Ohio Department of Education announced yesterday that NECIC will receive nearly $75,000 in state support for area businesses, faith-based groups and nonprofits to provide mentorship opportunities for students at Mansfield City Schools. The Community Connectors program is intended to help give more Ohio students access to role models who can help motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace.

Program partners include Big Brothers Big Sisters, North Central State College, Ohio State - Mansfield Campus, Life Vineyard Church, Mansfield City Schools and Directions Credit Union. The grant will allow these organizations to provide comprehensive one-on-one mentorship opportunities through after-school and weekend activities for students.

Governor Kasich first proposed the program's creation in his 2014 State of the State address. Funding for the program was provided in the recently enacted state budget.

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