Connecting Caring Adults in Our Schools During the School Day
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.
Meet an elementary student or group of young students on your lunch hour and enjoy eating and fun conversation.
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.
Assist elementary, middle school, or high school students while working in the computer lab on a lesson or project
Assist elementary, middle school, or high school students with their studies before, during, or after school.
Serve as a special mentor and share information about your chosen field with elementary, middle or high school students.
YouthFriends volunteers are matched with classrooms by teacher request. Volunteers work with an individual child or a small group of children.
Busy professionals from YouthFriends Employer Partners help connect schoolwork to the "real world" for middle and high school students by exchanging weekly e-mails via the Internet. Students e-mail from school and adult e-Mentors e-mail from their places of work. At least one face-to-face meeting required. Specialized training provided free-of-charge.
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.
YouthFriends actively encourages the development of any new program that link positive adult role models from the community to students in our schools.
2200 S 138th Street
Dr. Jerry Abbott, District Coordinator