Volunteer Staff Complete Mentor Training with Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County (MCMC)

On April 11, 2019, several volunteer staff from Cross Over Community Development successfully completed Partner Certification Training led by The Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County. This training is made available to the staff of partner agencies such as COCD who intend to widen their outreach programming for youth. By completing the training, COCD is now a certified partner of the Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County, which opens doors to partnering on services and networking with other organizations in the community.

Pictured here are COCD members Catherine Bitwayiki, Amanda May, Poorani Muregesan, and Jacqueline Radebaugh. Special thanks go to Jane McEwan and Jessica Bloomingdale for leading the training.

The Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County, Ohio (MCMC) is the center of support for youth mentoring programs. In 2001 Montgomery County recognized the need for a lead organization to coordinate a network of agencies that were direct providers of mentoring programs for youth. Today the Mentoring Collaborative provides mentoring resource development, training and certification of partner agencies and mentors.

MCMC’s vision is to ensure that every youth who wants a mentor will be connected with an adult who cares about them and who is willing to commit to the mentoring process. Validated research results reflect that young people who have the benefit of a mentor will maneuver through life more successfully.

The emphasis of the organization’s strategy includes:

  • Training the staffs of partners agencies on the Elements of Effective Mentoring
  • Closely-guarded ongoing background screenings of all mentors to ensure “match safety”
  • Continuous training, consultation and technical support for all partner agencies

Mentoring Collaborative is an extension of the Sinclair College brand as a component of community outreach services. In addition to collaborating with Sinclair, MCMC also works in conjunction with the Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department.


Community Meeting Demonstrates Interest in Providing ESOL Programs to Dayton’s Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees

Led by Director Catherine Bitwayiki, Cross Over Community Development held a public meeting on February 22, 2019, at Church on the Rock in Dayton, Ohio. The meeting was convened to gather input and share progress on our effort to develop tailored ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) programs for oral-language learner immigrants, refugees, and asylees. Volunteers from the organization alongside members of the church and public to hear from community and project leaders who are lending their support to this important initiative.

We particularly thank Pastor Bruce Lyman, ESL Director of CrossPoint Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio, who is also a Certified ESL trainer, for attending, as well as
Mike Schommer, the president of Walnut Hills Neighborhood Association, the Sisters of Precious Blood, Sister Jean Rene Hoying, and Nancy Frank, and  Kathy Trangestein of Montgomery County Educational Service Center, among others.

Delicious food was provided courtesy of Catherine and other volunteers. Our strong community turnout was a visible sign of interest and support in Cross Over’s work. Thank you to our generous hosts and everyone who joined us!