Grand Valley Graduate New Executive Director of Detroit Native Affinity Mentoring – School News Network


Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee — A local non-profit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring relationships to schools at Godfrey-Lee and Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new executive director.

Sharalle Ankrah takes the position of Chief at Affinity Mentoring after previously serving at West Michigan Children’s Partnershipas the founder of Mirror Me Images and as a GRPS educator.

She is looking forward to her new challenge at Affinity Mentoring.

“Affinity mentoring is a perfect fit for my life purpose,” she told SNN. “I genuinely love seeing people go from where they are to where they want to be. Doing the ongoing work with the community, our partners, staff, families and students is exciting.

Affinity is currently pairing mentors with K-8 students at Elementary Burton, Burton Center and South West Primary School at GRPSas well as to Early childhood Center, Godfrey Elementary School and Lee Middle in Godfrey-Lee.

Ankrah is a graduate of Grand Valley State and has a Diploma in English for Secondary Education. the Originally from Detroit says she has always had community development at heart and believes mentoring can help create opportunities for growth and community impact among students and families who are often left behind.

She replaces Cassandra Kiger, who announced his retirement in January 2022 before an upcoming move to Israel, where she will study human rights and transitional justice.

Read more SNN stories about Affinity Mentoring.


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