Passion-based or interest-based mentoring has been shown in numerous studies to significantly raise the engagement level of students. Summer is a perfect time to engage students over interests they might have in common with a volunteer, or introduce them to new skills a volunteer might like to share.
Small groups will be the core of what we do every week. When a volunteer signs up, we will capture their interests and availability and work out a plan for the volunteer to meet with 2-3 students to do something of interest to both the volunteer and the students. It could be reading, writing, math, science, social studies, but also bocce, drawing and painting, a musical instrument, soccer, basketball, four-square, gardening, cooking, photography, yoga, tai chi, chess, board games, drama, sewing, quilting, technology, engineering, etc. The idea is to find something fun to engage kids and give them practice at problem-solving, goal-setting, persistence, effort.
Volunteers are needed not only to engage with children at the camp but also for the following:
Salad Team: Bring the ingredients for a salad of some kind (lettuce-based, bean-based, rice-based, pasta-based, etc.) and assemble it with the kids for lunch.
Elderslie Farm Team: Come with us on our field trips to Elderslie Farm and take a couple students with you. Two friends could come together and transport two children. Tuesdays 12-4:00.
Wichita Art Museum: Come to “Art Camp” with us on June 11 from 1:30-4:30.
If you want to help and are available sometime during the camp times, we can very likely find a spot for you!
Click here to sign up.