RCAH students awarded Outstanding College Student Mentor by the Capital Area Mentoring Partnership

On Monday, January 14, 2013, in honor of National Mentoring Awareness Month, the Capital Area Mentoring Partnership (CAMP) recognized nine individuals from the greater Lansing area for their contributions of time, wisdom and support in impacting the lives of young people in Lansing and Ingham County. In the category of Outstanding College Student Mentor, two RCAH students, Elleda Groeneveld and Abigail Conklin, were awarded for their committment and service to the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Program (IYEP).

Elleda Groeneveld

Elleda has worked with the IYEP for the past three years. She has a personal drive that has led to a keen sense of creativity, critical thinking, organization, and leadership. She is highly motivated to research issues related to racial and socioeconomic inequities. She connects closely with the younger children attending IYEP’s afterschool program, particularly those who struggle academically due to cognitive disabilities. Throughout her time with IYEP she has demonstrated an incredible work ethic, internal drive, and high level of commitment to the children and families served by IYEP.

Abigail Conklin

Abigail has worked with the IYEP program for the past three years. She has served as a mentor, curriculum developer and instructor for IYEP since 2010. Her outstanding work ethic and responsibility make her an invaluable part of the organization. For the past three years, Abigail has collected resources and created a curriculum specifically for our local indigenous community. She is able to build trusting relationships with students who find it difficult to trust adults.


A video of the awards ceremony is available here (beginning at 7:20 into the meeting), via City TV On-Demand.

For additional information about the IYEP, please contact RCAH faculty Estrella Torrez.