Mentors Needed: Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club STEAM Program
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia is seeking mentors for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math- STEAM- group mentoring program at its recreational facility in the East End of Richmond. Who should apply? Adults who have familiarity with STEAM topics, and can commit to at least one hour per week for a minimum of six months.
You will be matched with 2-4 young people in grades 6-12 who are interested in STEAM activities. By joining this program you will help create connections with young people, spark their curiosity in science, and help build character.
The deadline to apply to be a mentor is February 29th.
More on the STEAM Group Mentoring Program
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club STEAM Group Mentoring Program is a new program designed to offer students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to experience project-based learning surrounding a STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
The mentoring program will run throughout the school year, and will be structured around term commitments (fall semester, spring semester, optional summer term). Mentoring sessions will be on-site, taking place solely at our Clubhouse at 3701 R Street. The first mentor/mentee pairings will be matched in January and February 2020, and the mentoring groups will meet weekly through June 2020.
By participating in creative STEAM activities with consistent support of a caring, knowledgeable mentor, mentees will be exposed to different academic and career paths.
Benefits for Mentees and Mentors:
Research shows that having multiple close relationships with caring adults helps young people:
- become actively engaged in their schools and communities
- form positive relationships with peers, teachers, and family members
- value education, and feel like they belong
- develop strong academic motivation and success
- improve communication
- enhance leadership skills
- increase self-esteem
- decrease risky behaviors
Mentors also benefit through this program in ways that include:
- a sense of fulfillment
- a positive reciprocal relationship
- deeper self-understanding
- enhanced communication skills
- and the opportunity to learn new activities
If you would like to apply to become a mentor please email Melody Lutz, STEAM Mentoring Program Coordinator at [email protected].