VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Mentorship Program

We are seeking volunteers interested in making a difference in the life of a middle-schooler. Research shows that having a quality mentor has a positive effect on children, yet many never get the experience of having a concerned adult in their lives. Dr. Robert Balfanz, Director of the Everyone Graduates Center at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University, says that “a high quality mentoring relationship can be a game changer for these students. We’ve seen how sustained supports from adults serving in schools...can turn around lives and help turn around schools.” Read more here

In Spring 2017, S2 tested a small mentoring program. Those volunteers shared much from their experience and we have redesigned the program with their feedback. This year we will be extending the program to a total of 20 participants.
Our Goal
To provide the resources needed to support a deep and sustainable mentor/mentee relationship that proves meaningful for all involved. This includes:
●  Information about your mentee, both personal and academic
●  Tips for being a reading buddy
●  Periodic check-ins with school support staff and access to teachers
●  Opportunities to engage with mentee in various settings
Your Commitment
You will be paired with a specific child to meet with about once a week, depending on your availability. Children are typically free before school from 8:00-9:00 AM, during lunchtime (6th grade 11:52-12:42, 7th grade 12:44-1:36) and after school from 4:30-5:15 PM. We will work with you both to determine the best time.
Planning Your Time Together: 
Your role can include helping a child get organized, reading with them, picking out and talking about books, discussing and promoting special interests, helping with homework, the possibilities are endless!
One training session will prepare you and ensure that your time is well spent. Mentors have found this volunteer experience to be very rewarding!
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Evan Meyers.