YouthFriends is a school-based mentoring effort that links caring adult volunteers from the community with students in schools and is open to all students, grades K-12, within participating school districts. All activities take place on school grounds before, during or after school hours. YouthFriends volunteers typically visit a school for one hour each week to do things like have lunch with a student, help with reading or academic tutoring, share an interest or a hobby or simply listen.
View the North Kansas City schools that participate in YouthFriends.
Come eat lunch with a group of students and participate in an activity of mutual interest. This might include games, reading a story, playing a game at recess, or conversing.
Assist students with class assignments and/or other supplied academic work to enable them to succeed on a given task or subject. This can be done one-to-one or working with an entire class one student at a time.
Read a story to a classroom or listen to children read one at a time in a classroom.
Before- or After-School Coordinator
Share a skill such as crafts, drama, or coaching a group of students in a sport.
Visit with students in the morning as they wait for their day to begin.
Classroom Helper Special Projects
Work with a classroom teacher helping an individual or small group.
YouthFriends actively encourages the development of any new programs that link positive adult role models from the community to students in our schools.