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310 Pennsylvania AvenueElmira, NY 14904
Making Friends! Changing Lives right here in Chemung County.


Compeer of Chemung County is privileged to encompass two youth programs, Circle of Friends and PAL, and one adult program that support the COMPEER model.

Circle of Friends - Circle of Friends matches volunteers with children in grades K-6 within the Elmira City School District. Referrals are made by school personnel who believe that a child's ability to socialize and interact in a positive manner, are affected by the student's attendance, tardiness, academic and/or disciplinary behaviors, and can be addressed through the provision of Compeer's mentoring and programming.

Often the children that are referred to the Circle of Friends program are experiencing low self-esteem, lack of confidences, poor academic performance and/or poor peer relations. While a mental health diagnosis is not required, almost all participants are currently receiving treatment for mental health needs.

Volunteers are required to visit with their student, within the school, twice a month from October to June.

- The PAL program resembles Circle of Friends in that it is a mentoring program for children, but mentoring is differentiated by its own mission to "build a child's self-esteem, promote learning and enable social, cultural and emotional growth".

PAL is a one-on-one mentoring program that takes place outside of the school setting. Students (K-12) are referred to the program for the same reasons as Circle of Friends students are, but referrals are completed by youth counselors, case managers, and therapists who are serving the youth within Chemung County.

Volunteers are required to visit with their student for a minimal of four hours a month, for at least one year. PAL also offers a link, moving the child and mentor from Circle of Friends to PAL after 6th grade.

Both youth components help change lives and improve self-esteem by harnessing the power of friendship for children.

- This is adult mentoring programs for men and women, ages 18 and older, who are receiving mental-health treatment and are seeking a volunteer mentor to do something special with.

Volunteers are required to visit with their friend for a minimum of four hours a month, for at least one year. The adult mentoring program also offers a link, moving the child and mentor from the PAL program to the adult mentoring after high school.


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 to 4 hours per month depending on program
  • Must be willing to work with adults and youth with mental health illness or youth that are at-risk

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