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Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS)

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

c/o Falmouth High SchoolFalmouth, MA 02540 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

VIPS oversees two school-based mentor programs: Project RISE (Raising Interest and Self-Esteem, for students in grades K-8) and the Falmouth High School (FHS) Mentor Program. Project RISE (initiated in 1994) and the FHS Mentor Program (started in 1999) are two of VIPS' hallmark programs. They grew out of a need-identified by school adjustment counselors-for caring individuals who could spend an hour a week with a student to serve as a role model, supporter, and friend. While many students in need of a mentor are considered to be at-risk for one or more factors, other students come to the program because they have recently experienced change or a difficult situation and may be finding it hard to cope. A mentor can make a significant difference in that student's self-confidence and self-esteem.

Description

We are looking for mentors who are willing to commit one hour a week, during the school year, to make a difference in the life of a kid in one of our seven Falmouth schools. Our mentors are placed with students in grades K-12. Mentor meetings only take place on school grounds and do not meet on weekends, after school or during the summer. Mentors are dedicated to the social-emotional well-being of their mentee and understand the importance of showing up and being consistent. They work to create a trusting relationship that is built on friendship, fun and conversation.

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