CCE Launches Youth Mentoring Program at Pembroke Housing Authority

By: Ashley Lowery, Shelby Newsome & Dalton Hoffer, CCE Student Employees


The Office for Community & Civic Engagement is partnering up with the Pembroke Housing Authority to provide a mentoring program call “Teen Life”. This program allows mentors from UNC-Pembroke to work with at-risk teens who live in the public housing. The Teen Life program allows teens with different issues the chance to work with college students so they can better face challenges on a daily basis. The program aims focus on 6th-12th graders.

The program is every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm.

The kick off took place on Janurary 30 and was held at the Strickland Heights Center There were 20 mentors and 15 teens present. Food and games took place to bring together the mentors and teens. So far, the teens have been learning about different issues such as effective communication, healthy relationships, and bullying. The teens are enjoying the program so far and the mentors are excited about being a part of this life changing experience.

All mentors went through training by Christie Poteet, Director of Service-Learning for CCE, focused on confidentiality, motivation of the teens, as well as policy and procedures of the Housing Authority.

Volunteers are encouraged to apply on, or stop by the CCE office to become a mentor for Teen Life. 

Shelby Newsome says “Teen Life is simply for teenagers here in Robeson County to have a positive role model and a close friend, which is much needed.”


We provide opportunities for college students to recognize their civic potential and take initiative to develop it. Students enrich and enhance their education experience through active, engaged service.

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