While the opioid crisis has affected nearly every state in the nation, the Miami Valley Leadership Foundation (MVLF) in Dayton, Ohio serves one of the hardest-hit regions. Addiction and substance abuse have had a tremendous impact on local communities, families, and children. Through the efforts of national and local resources, great strides have been made in addressing addiction in these communities. Undoubtedly, the impact will continue to be felt for years to come.
Mentees involved in the MVLF mentoring program come from diverse backgrounds and many different school districts. The focus of mentoring programs offered by MVLF also differ between the school districts they serve, as youth development professionals in the region address the needs of their specific school populations.
MVLF wanted to provide specialized training to their mentors, so their mentors could be effective, supportive, and impactful as a resource about addiction and prevention for their mentees.