Head Start - Watch D.O.G.S. Program (Male Role Models Needed)

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Mon Mar 06, 2017 - Fri Jun 02, 2017


13101 Allen RdSouthgate, MI 48195


The Guidance Center's Head Start sites in partnership with the National Center for Fathering is proud to presents the Watch D.O.G.S. PROGRAM. We are currently seeking fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Program Benefits

  • Students gain positive male role models.
  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
  • Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. Fathers and father figures (aka WatchDOGS) provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.

Serving Sites: Belleville, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Lincoln Park, River Rouge, Romulus, Southgate, Sumpter Township, and Taylor

Part-Day Head Start and Full-Day Head Start times vary at each location. Estimated durations:

PD: 8-12, 12:30-4:30. FD: 9-3.

To inquire about this volunteer opportunity click link or copy into URL to complete volunteer for https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1782758814


Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 1 day a year

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