This program is a friendship-based, non-academic program that matches high school students with boys and girls in Grades 2-6, for one hour a week. A typical volunteer is a caring responsible teen who is in High School. There are no special skills required – only a willingness to spend some time with a young person. Teen mentors are asked to spend one lunch hour per week with their little Mentees and commit for one academic year (September – June).
The children in elementary or junior high school have been identified as children that could benefit from the friendship and extra attention from a caring, responsible youth.
You and your Mentee may choose to play outside, shoot hoops, or kick a soccer ball around. Or you can stay inside and read, do arts and crafts, play board games, or just hang out. There are games and craft supplies provided at each school. Volunteers are encouraged to share their interests with the child.
Most volunteers are surprised at the positive impact this experience has not only on the child but on themselves. Teen mentors also qualify to receive credit for their mentoring through CTS or CALM classes.