Mentor

SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the Reading Tent
Read to a child at the reading tent and give away free books in the community.
Ages 14 and older can help. Dates are:
*June 12 & 19, July 10 & 31, August 14 & 28 from 10:30-11:30am
*June 28, July 26, August 23 from 4:30-5:30pm.

Volunteer at the Sprouts Community Garden
Help tend to the plots at the community garden in Maple Plain or donate gardening items. We need help weeding, mulching, harvesting produce.
Ages 14 and older can help.
Times vary based on volunteer availability. 

SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer to Help Students in the SPARKS Program
Volunteers work with elementary and middle school students with a focus on reading, relationships and encouragement for completing homework. The program meets twice a week after school at two area churches.
Must be 15 years and older to help
*Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
*Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
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Volunteer to Mentor High School Students
Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students. The program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA and participation.
*Once a month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:45-1:00 with optional second meeting per month arranged with mentors.

Volunteer to Help Students in the STARS Program
Volunteers support teachers who are providing elementary students with extra academic support from 8-9am in the morning focusing on Math and/or reading.

 

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor a Meal for our Mentoring Programs
Sponsor a meal for one of our mentoring programs that serves Orono students.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities
Allow a student interested in your profession to shadow you for a day to learn about your career.

 

Location: Orono Community Education, 705 Old Crystal Bay Road North, Long Lake, MN 55356
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us
Website: http://www.Orono.k12.mn.us/ce/adult-programs/orono-sparks
Time Commitment: Varies

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Rediscover the joys of reading by volunteering as a Tutor-Mentor with PPL’s after-school youth programs! We help students from low-income communities succeed in school through engaging activities in a positive environment that’s full of laughter and smiles.

Volunteer Tutor-Mentors are matched 1:1 or in small groups with youth to support social and academic growth through literacy tutoring (50 minutes each night), relationship-building, and enrichment activities.

K-5th grade program: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
6th-8th grade program: Mondays, 4:30-7:30pm

Required training before starting at program

 

Location: North Minneapolis
Ages: 16+
Date(s): Now-May
Time(s): See description
Contact: caitlin.dougherty@ppl-inc.org / 612-455-5108
Website: http://www.ppl-inc.org/how-to-help/volunteer
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week

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Kids ‘n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with children ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. We are based in Dakota County and are celebrating our 40th year of serving families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount though our mentors may drive in from other areas. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer(s) and child/parent. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it’s easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it’s a board game, sledding, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year’s time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child – it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!

Want to mentor but live in Hennepin or Anoka County? Check out Kinship of Greater Mpls (www.kinship.org) for the local mentoring program, sister to Kids ‘n Kinship. Contact 612.588.4655 in Hennepin County and 763.862.6755 in Anoka County

Location: Your home or the community
Date(s): Ongoing opportunity
Time(s): Ongoing opportunity
Contact: slkinship@aol.com
Website: http://www.kidsnkinship.org

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