Mentors Needed to Enlighten Detroit’s Future

Bob Hrtanek, mentor. mentee Josh Reece, 17, of De La Salle High School
Recently, the spirit of Detroit has been uplifted with dedicated, vibrant people who work hard on creating a positive change in the city. Young professionals, community builders, entrepreneurs, and artists alike are taking over Motown with their creativity and ambition. One organization, Student Mentor Partners, is searching for these great individuals to be a part of constructing and invigorating the future of the city: by mentoring Detroit’s youth.

They are looking for citizens that are passionate about Detroit, its youth, mentoring and/or education. Their ideal mentor is college educated, in the workforce or retired, and living in the Detroit area. Mentors commit to providing encouragement and guidance to a student for 4 hours a month through their 4 years of high school. Mentors attend free special events throughout the year with their student, such as Red Wings games, Detroit boat tours, Broadway shows, and more!  

For some mentors, like Bob Hrtanek, it is more than the games and shows, but being able to enlighten his student mentee to opportunities. He says, “New experiences, as well as our many one-on-one conversations, have helped him appreciate the need for a good education. I'm just happy I've been able to help give a young person a little bit of a better chance for success and happiness in life.”

At Student Mentor Partners, they serve Detroit area youth who struggle academically, and whose families struggle financially. They provide students with quality adult mentors, throughout their entire high school career. These mentors are a source of affirmative guidance for the youth. In addition, Student Mentor Partners provides tuition assistance for their students to attend private, college prep high schools. They also offer supplemental academic and life skills workshops. Students, who complete the intensive program, graduate high school. 99% of Student Mentor Partners’ graduates have also gone onto college!

This year they will enroll their largest class of new students into the program, so they are in great need of mentors to encourage them. With your help, these students will become strong young men and women. They will be critical in shaping Detroit’s future. Please consider helping to create the next breed of movers and shakers in Detroit. Even passing this mentor recruitment request onto others would be of great help.

For more information, please contact Tyler MacEachran, at or call him at 586-445-6295. Also, please visit their website at

Student Mentor Partners is a 501(c)3 non-profit that began in 1998. We invest in the future… one student at a time.


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