Saint Philip’s In-School Mentoring
Might you be interested in working with children from Rio Vista or Holaway schools who need homework help? During the past year, a team of Saint Philippians explored possible ways of building on the rewarding experiences of volunteers in the former After School Music and Homework Program. Principals, guidance counselors, and teachers from our two partner schools were interviewed, along with leaders from the public library, Literacy Connects, and from every organization in the city that offers music or arts programs for children. We learned what children in our neighborhood schools most need: consistent relationships with loving adults, who will pay attention to them as individuals. And we heard clearly from the Principals their strong desire for Saint Philip’s continuing involvement with students, especially if we could provide mentors who would work with children at their school in the afternoon to help with homework and offer some enrichment activities. The Principals have committed to supporting our efforts in significant ways.
Consequently, we are now recruiting and organizing adult volunteers to provide patient, loving attention to children on site at Rio Vista or Holaway for 90 minutes once a week on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon. The focus of our program will be helping children with homework. In addition, experiences in arts, crafts, sciences, and games will be included in the enrichment activities we provide. The range of activities offered can be expanded through the contributions of specialized enrichment volunteers, who will join the regular team of mentors at a school for one session or several to share with the children a particular skill—such as photography or knitting or drumming. We hope to be able to draw on the expertise of many talented Saint Philippians. Intrigued? Information tables will be set up on Sundays April 7, 14, and May 5. Or email the Rev. Taylor Devine (firstname.lastname@example.org).