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Mentoring is available for all children. Parents, guardians, agencies, and/or school personnel may request mentoring for a child. National and state statistics show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, become pregnant, abuse drugs, or become involved in criminal activity. Be part of our Mentoring Programs today! Below are a few of the mentoring programs that target specific populations.
Take Stock in Children is sponsored by the Flagler County Education Foundation, a direct support organization committed to generating financial support to enhance the educational programs benefitting our school district. Take Stock in Children students are matched with a caring adult mentor who meets with the student at his or her school once a week for one hour per week. Students must qualify and are selected through an application process normally during 7th grade. Upon graduating, each student who has fulfilled the contract requirements is awarded a full college scholarship sponsored with donations and matched and matriculated over time by the Florida Prepaid Foundation. For information regarding Take Stock in Children, you may visit their website at: http://www.flagleredfoundation.org/. You may also contact FCEF Director Deborah Williams at: email@example.com, (386) 437-7526 ext. 3125.
The African American Mentoring Program provides a mentor for children who need and want an adult friend in their lives. The role of the mentor is to make a commitment to provide guidance, support, creative outlets, and above all motivation to dream big. Training sessions and mentoring meetings take place during the school year. Mentors commit to meeting for 30 minutes to an hour weekly with their student and participate in occasional field trips. The African American Mentoring Program was established in 2004 and includes a division for boys and girls with one-on-one and group mentoring. The program also has scholarship opportunities for students. Visit the African American Mentoring Program website for additional information at http://www.aampflaglerschools.org/.
Women’s AAMP Contact: Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith, (386) 437-7526 ext. 2104
Men's AAMP Contact: Sabrina Crosby, (386) 437-7526 ext. 3116
The “I Can Read” Mentor Program is support by Flagler Volunteer Services Inc. and Flagler County Public Schools. The focus of the “I Can Read” Program is literacy education for elementary age school children. “I Can Read” volunteers commit to one hour per week during the school year to meet with their assigned student(s). Training sessions are provided throughout the year. Visit their website at: http://www.flaglervolunteer.org/?page_id=129 or contact Jean MacAllister with Flagler Volunteer Services at (386) 597-2950.
The Reading Pals United Way Initiative program focuses on literacy with preschool age and VPK children. Volunteers are trained in Skills-Based Educational Experiences Delivery Systems (SEEDS) curriculum. The special training is given to all "Reading Pals" on reading and storytelling techniques, child development, and cultural diversity through Flagler County Schools and Flagler Volunteer Services. The program takes place at the Early Learning Center at Bunnell Elementary School and at Indian Trails Middle Schools. Each volunteer is required to spend at least two 30 minute sessions per week (for a minumum of 25 weeks) with 1-3 children. Volunteers read a book out loud, guiding the children through literacy activities, and general conversations about the book. Materials will be available for "Pals" to use when working with their assigned students. For additional information, contact Jean MacAllister with Flagler Volunteer Services at (386) 597-2950. You may also visit the Reading Pals website at: http://unitedwayvfc.org/readingpals/.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for any of the programs listed here or would like information about other mentoring programs that may be available, please contact:
Sabrina Crosby 386-437-7526 Ext. 3116
All mentors must fill out the volunteer application and agree to a background check that is completed in order to participate.
Please see the “Become A Volunteer” page and follow the links provided to apply.