Marian University Sophomore Jamonte Hampton Honored as Outstanding Youth Mentor

by Amber Ferrari | Sep 18, 2014

Marian University sophomore Jamonte Hampton received the 2014 Excellence in Summer Service Educational Award (ESSEA), for his summer spent working as a mentor to youth.

Hampton worked through Marian University’s Summer Learning Institute. Created in 2010, the institute has a three-fold mission: to build great urban educators, to stop and reverse summer learning loss, and to conduct research on promising out-of-school-time academic practices. For the past two summers, the Summer Learning Institute has been able to stop and reverse math learning loss in Indianapolis-area youth by measuring the success of implemented summer curricula with nationally normalized testing.

Working as an undergraduate teacher this summer through the institute, Hampton was trained in NASA-created, hands-on science activities.

Judy Bardonner, Ph.D., director of the Summer Learning Institute, said, “Jamonte was able to build great rapport with the students he taught and is to be commended for his outstanding commitment to Indy’s neediest youth.”

Sixty-three applications of outstanding mentors were reviewed by a group of local panelists invested in youth development and were narrowed down to 20 young adults who would receive the $1,000 ESSEA—Hampton being among the top 20.

Programs like the Summer Learning Institute provide young people with safe places to spend the day. Across the city, students participate in informal reading activities, science and math STEM exercises, and exposure to arts, music, dance, sports, and nature. Undergraduate teachers help provide more than 35,000 youth throughout the city with a constant safety net in their communities and fun things to do each day.

John Brandon, president of the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) said, “This award allows us to recognize some truly exceptional young people and hold them up as examples to the central Indiana community of what young people are capable of accomplishing when given the opportunity and the guidance. Our city is fortunate to have these great young people stepping up to be leaders in our community.”

The 2014 ESSEA winners, including Hampton, were honored by members of the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) at a dinner on August 29.

Hampton is a shining example of a Marian University servant leader. 

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