There are many ways to volunteer in Youth Mentoring to support area youth. A fun and rewarding option is to do school-based mentoring. School-based mentoring is when the mentor goes to the youth’s school and volunteers their time mentoring the youth in their building. School-based mentoring can happen during the school day, during lunch/recess, or after school depending on the model the school feels works best at their building. Some schools have high schoolers as mentors while others prefer adults from the community. Mentors spend one hour per week with their youth for the school year. School-based mentors and their youth do things like playing board games, chatting, playing ball, creating crafts, or whatever they choose to do together.
Area school districts needing mentors are Allamakee, Decorah, Eastern Allamakee, Edgewood-Colesburg, Howard-Winneshiek, Maquoketa Valley, Postville, and West Delaware. For more information on becoming involved, contact email@example.com or go to www.helpingservices.org/youth-mentoring .