MASK partners with ASU to launch peer mentoring program

Ten Arizona State University students were recently trained to become “i.m. POWER” mentors. The mentors will present MASK’s E3 (Engage, Educate and Empower) School Program to three area elementary schools.

Ten Arizona State University students were recently trained to become “i.m. POWER” mentors. The mentors will present MASK’s E3 (Engage, Educate and Empower) School Program to three area elementary schools.

MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) has launched a new community education partnership with Arizona State University to pilot its peer-to-peer “i.m. POWER” mentor program in three elementary schools in Arizona.

Last week, 10 Arizona State University students were trained to become “i.m. POWER” mentors. The mentors will present MASK’s E3 (Engage, Educate and Empower) School Program to three area elementary schools.

Students at Carminati Elementary School in the Tempe Elementary School District, Sunrise Elementary School in the Deer Valley School District and Lakeview Elementary School in the Washington Elementary School District will all benefit from the program.

The peer-to-peer approach to prevention allows students to deliver the message to students and gives the younger student a mentor.

“MASK is pleased and honored to work with ASU students who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children, as well as these proactive schools that are invested in the overall well-being of their students,” says Kimberly Cabral, MASK founder and publisher.

“Carminati, Sunrise and Lakeview elementary schools recognize the importance of taking time to build a child’s social emotional skill set, and these schools have embraced MASK’s year-long approach. Together, MASK, ASU and these three Arizona schools will engage, educate and empower thousands of students this year.”

MASK’s approach recommends three assembly-style workshop presentations per year (fall, winter, spring). MASK school-based programs consist of three workshop topics including Relational Development, Digital Solutions, and Health and Wellness.

Relational Development focuses on social skills; Digital Solution focuses on technology safety and cyberbullying; and Health and Wellness focuses on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent substance use and improve health.

MASK offers at least three developmentally-appropriate presentations in each workshop area, targeting positive skill-building for students in grades K-12.  Each presentation includes easy-to-implement reinforcement activities that align with educational standards, which reinforce the learning that took place in the presentation about the specific skills to improve school climate.

MASK’s E3 Youth Program aims to engage, educate and empower audiences with the knowledge, resources and tools to make safe, healthy choices. The E3 Program brings a comprehensive approach to educating parents and students from kindergarten through college and is designed to present the latest trends and information at an age-appropriate level.

“Our ASU students are excited to mentor Arizona youth to help them become better prepared on critical issues facing them today,” says ASU’s Michele Grab, executive director of strategic initiatives who is helping to manage the partnership.

MASK is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization created in 2007 by a group of dedicated mothers who recognized the need to consistently educate parents and children on rapidly changing issues.

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