Mentoring can be fun in any language!
YouthFriends, in cooperation with the North Kansas City and Shawnee Mission School Districts, is piloting an exciting new mentoring model: Learning Across Languages.
Learning Across Languages will benefit one of our most vulnerable populations, our youngest and newest citizens. English Language Learning (ELL) students nationwide—and across the metro area—face huge obstacles to academic success. In fact, while ELL students are the fastest-growing segment of the student population, they also are among the country’s lowest-performing students. Nearly two-thirds live in poverty and are trying quickly to learn a new language while adjusting in school and in their communities.
Learning Across Languages will give ELL students the personalized attention that can only be achieved through one-to-one, supportive mentoring matches. Research shows that mentoring a young person can help them gain the skills they need for life-long self-sufficiency.
Your commitment will help expand and enhance our program to reach more children in need. It’s as simple as 1.2.3!
1. Complete a YouthFriends application (includes a background check)
2. Complete an interview with YouthFriends staff
3. Complete a two-hour YouthFriends mentoring training and a two-hour Learning Across Languages training (total of 4 hours of training)
Pick one of four pilot schools in the Greater Kansas City metro area:
North Kansas City, Missouri
- Crestview Elementary (4327 N. Holmes Street)
- Gracemor Elementary (5125 North Sycamore Avenue)
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
- Rosehill Elementary (9801 Rosehill Drive in Lenexa)
- Brookridge Elementary (9920 Lowell in Overland Park)
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