|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.
Help students in grades K-7 practice and improve reading skills so they can gain the confidence necessary to be successful readers. Work with students one-to-one or in small group relationships for a minimum of one semester. Classroom teachers or reading specialists usually monitor student progress. Specialized one-hour mandatory supplemental training provided free-of-charge.
YouthFriend volunteers are matched with classrooms by teacher request. Volunteers work with an individual child or a small group of children.
Connecting busy professionals with career-minded students through e-mail. Help guide the next generation without even leaving the office.Connecting busy professionals with career-minded students through e-mail. Help guide the next generation without even leaving the office.
YouthFriends Corps provides an opportunity for high school students to volunteer with elementary school students in their own school districts. YouthFriends Corps promotes community service among youth in the hope of making volunteerism a lifelong commitment. Note: Many high school students use YouthFriends Corps hours for service hours.
Lunch BuddyBreakfast Buddies/Mentors
Eat lunch with an individual student or group of students during their lunch period. During your time together, you may also serve as a mentor by playing a board game, reading a story, playing on the playground or working on a special project. This is a time to build self-confidence and let the student know he/she is important.
Eat breakfast with a student or a small group of students at the school cafeteria (could be a great activity on your way to work). Be a mentor by assisting your student(s) with a class assignment, discussing a book, or just chatting. This is a time to enjoy eating and fun conversation!
Special Project YouthFriends
YouthFriends actively encourages the development of any new programs that link positive adult role models from the community to students in our schools.
Choose your favorite subject—math, reading, writing, science, social studies, computers, music or a foreign language—and work with a student who needs extra attention in that area. You may choose to mentor your student before, during or after school to help give him/her advice and direction in tasks such as completing everyday assignments or developing a challenging project.
Be a friend and help build a students self confidence by spending time together on the school playground. Join in a group activity, shoot baskets, throw a football, walk and talk or simply listen about the students day.