Regional Outreach Agent Assists with Middle School Mentoring Program in Somerset

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Who better to mentor first-year middle school students than their slightly older counterparts who have recently been there and done that?

And that’s exactly what is happening at Northern Middle School in Somerset.

Where Everybody Belongs – WEB for short – is a middle school transition and orientation program in which eighth-graders mentor sixth-graders and help them assimilate into their new school environment.

Because WEB Leaders come from a cross-section of the student body, representing all types of students at the school, sixth-graders find good matches with whom they can identify and come to see themselves as people who also belong at their new school because they have a mentor just like them.

WEB Leaders receive extensive training that develops their skills and provides them a vision of what it’s like is to be a leader in middle school. Eastern Kentucky University Regional Outreach Agent Michelle Allen partnered with WEB Coordinators Donita Petrey and Sara Cranfill to provide a session on leadership and the five R’s of responsibility, respect, rigor, reward and relationships. Also, EKU Cheerleader Samantha Chenault discussed her leadership role as a cheerleader and the importance of the responsibility it takes to be a college student-athlete.

For more information about the Regional Outreach Agent Program, visit

For more information about the Where Everybody Belongs program, contact Michelle Allen at

Published on November 04, 2014

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