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NEWAYGO, Michigan – The TrueBlue Academy is an after-school mentoring program in partnership with TrueNorth Community Services, the Newaygo Police Department and the Newaygo school district. It is in the second year of programming and needs adult volunteers to help Newaygo students grow into their best selves.

TrueBlue Academy meets once a week on Tuesday afternoons, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Newaygo Middle School in Newaygo. TrueBlue matches gather as a group, with TrueMentors providing the weekly programming. The matches can also meet one-on-one outside of school.

“There are currently nine children, four girls and five boys, waiting for a mentor in our TrueBlue Academy,” said Lisa Brown, TrueMentors Program Manager. The students include Zane, a sharp 15-year-old who wants to be challenged, and Tiffany, a timid 13-year-old who wants someone to listen to her.

The goal of TrueBlue Academy is to help Newaygo students graduate on time while developing them into peer leaders. The program is made possible through grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and United Way of the Lakeshore.

The TrueMentors programs also includes community-based, one-on-one adult-to-child mentoring across Newaygo County and site-based, peer-mentor programming in Hesperia. For anyone interested in becoming a mentor to a local child or with questions about the programs, contact Brown at TrueNorth at (231) 924-0641, ext. 109, or

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