**Our mentoring positions are open and mentors will be matched with students virtually when possible.**
We have two awesome opportunities for residents of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park to mentor a child living in their community. We invite you to become a champion for a child!
Middle School Mentor Mentors are matched one-to-one with a 5th to 8th-grade student and commit to meeting weekly (approximately 3 visits/month throughout the year.) As a mentor, you will plan activities with your mentee ranging from going out for ice cream to volunteering together. Free/discounted tickets to community events and activities are provided. Group outings or trainings will be offered approximately every other month. Commitment: Share time with the student 3-4 ties per month (flexible with your schedule) for one school year.
Literacy Mentor Mentors are matched one-to-one with a Kindergarten - 5th-grade student and commit to meeting weekly for a literacy tutoring session (3 visits/month minimum) and a monthly field trip outing for the school year. Mentors are given prepared lessons based on the students' reading level, interests, and the monthly outing destination. Lessons take place at a library near the student's home. Mentors provide transportation for the student to and from the library and schedule their sessions directly with the parent. Commitment: 1 hour per week (flexible with your schedule) and one Saturday per month for a field trip for one school year.
Why Mentor? "I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. It’s important to have adults in children’s lives - adults they can trust. You learn what a difference you’ll make for a child - and for yourself." - Mallory, Simpson volunteer literacy mentor. Read Mallory's story here.
Learn about mentoring from a child’s perspective by watching these video stories:
Danaeh’s experience with her mentor: https://www.simpsonhousing.org/2018/11/12/meet-ashley-daughter-danaeh/
Delphin’s experience with his mentor: https://www.simpsonhousing.org/2018/02/10/3295/
Get Started You are welcome to attend an upcoming Intro Session to learn more about these volunteer opportunities. From there you can choose the volunteer opportunity that is the best for you. We are scheduling new intro sessions soon, so please check back or reply to this posting for more information.