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Youth Mentoring is Back in Action at Genesee Valley

Youth Mentoring After a wild and somewhat crazy spring and summer, the Youth Mentoring program at GVCS is excited to be back to some form of normalcy. They kicked off this year’s program with the first afterschool in-person meeting on Monday, October 19 for group 1 and Thursday, October 22 for group 2 and will be continuing the program on Monday’s and Thursday’s afterschool for the remainder of the school year.

Last year there were 13 mentor/mentee matches and 28 total students in the program.  The students participated in multiple community service projects that included making over 200 scarves that were recently donated to the Salvation Army’s food pantry and baking hundreds of holiday cookies which were donated to the Office for the Aging Meals on Wheel program and distributed to senior citizens throughout Allegany County. The mentors and mentees also did various arts/craft projects, had game days, outdoor play days and many other activities throughout the year.

There have been a few changes this year as the program adjusted to follow proper precautions and school guidelines in regards to COVID-19 safety procedures.  Another change is there is no late bus after school at this time, so all participants must have a ride pick them up at 4:00 p.m. when the program ends on its respective days.

This past year the program saw many of its mentors graduate from school and mentees graduate out of the program.  Currently the program has two unmatched mentees and is looking for new mentors to sign up. 

To become a mentor, a student must be in 8th through 12th grade and willing to commit to the program for at least one year. The program meets one day a week for one hour immediately after school on Mondays or Wednesdays (when school is in session).  Marshall Green, Allegany County site coordinator for the program stated, “This is a great opportunity for a high school student to not only be a positive impact on their community but also have a life long impact on a younger child. This also helps build leadership qualities within the mentors themselves, participating in a program like this is a great addition to college, scholarship and future work applications.”

Applications to become a mentor or mentee in the Youth Mentor program can be found at www.genvalley.org/Page/3160. You may also email the site coordinator Marshall Green at greenm@familyservicesociety.org with any questions or for more information.

Youth Mentoring of the Southern Tier is a site-based mentoring program that meets once a week at a designated location. Mentors are thoroughly screened including background and reference checks. During each hour-long program, mentors and mentees participate in fun and enriching activities facilitated by Site Coordinators.