(8-18-21) The Celina Cultural Collaborative is pleased to announce they have received an initial grant of $5,000 from Society of the Precious Blood (Father Brunner Peace and Justice Fund Grant) to continue their Marshallese Mentoring Program at Celina High School. 

Celina Culture Collaborative will continue the Marshallese Mentoring Program during the 21-22 school year. The Program is a student/community member mentoring program that provides long-lasting, positive relationships for our community. Our need (lack of positive role models for our students and a lack of empathy for our various cultural groups) was identified in meetings with leaders, parents, and students of the school community. Activities provide positive role models for our students and opportunities for cultural groups to meet and share experiences with each other.

The chief outcome (of the Mentoring Program) is providing opportunities that engage our community to grow and learn from each other. We want to build and maintain a culture that works collaboratively and seeks to always help others in need. A key element in this is providing an opportunity for participants to become empowered and develop the desire and ability to advocate for themselves within the Celina Community. This program allows to build trust between the cultural groups in Celina. and provide economic assistance and offer stable, positive relationships.

Father Ken Schnipke (Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, Ohio) sponsored the grant application. Renee Kramer (Celina High School Principal) and Derek Wenning (Assistant High School Principal) have continued to support the program.

Celina Culture Collaborative Members

  • Vaughn Ray (Curriculum Director at Celina City Schools and Co-Director of Mentoring Program)
  • Claudia Coe (Co-Director of Mentoring Program)
  • Brian Stetler (Advisor of Mentoring Program)
  • Francis John (Advisor of Mentoring Program)
  • Dave Mauer (Program Administrator of Mentoring Program)
  • Shula David (Program Administrator of Mentoring Program)