CORE to host team-building and leadership event at Penn State Behrend

September 07, 2017

Through its highly-successful mentor program, the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, utilizes social emotional curriculum to help young people develop trusting relationships with others.

Just what does that entail? Now is your chance to find out.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, The Mentor Project will host a Team Building and Leadership Event at Penn State Behrend. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held in McGarvey Commons, located in the college’s Reed Union Building. It is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

The event will be facilitated by Andy Kerr, a life coaching and leadership development expert. Together with students and returning mentors, attendees will participate in collaborative games, activities and discussions aimed at encouraging civil behavior as well as leadership skills in young people.

Following the training, if an attendee should decide to continue as a mentor, he or she commits to a once-a-week session with local middle school students for a one-year period. The Mentor Project is currently at five schools this fall (Wattsburg Middle School, East Middle School, Erie City Mission, Rice Avenue Middle School in Girard and Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford). Programs are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, both in the morning and after school.

CORE, an outreach effort of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, provides and supports school-based events, community-based activities and public training sessions across Erie County. The Mentor Project is a CORE initiative designed to promote positive youth development by pairing area grade-school students with trained college students and community members.

For more information on the event, contact Mary Baird, Mentor Coordinator, at 814-898-6514 or email

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Last Updated September 12, 2017