Youth Programs currently places mentors in local head start centers to improve kindergarten reading readiness for preschool age children ages 3- to 4 years old. Our program develops partnerships with local early childhood educators and connects with Florida State University faculty, including student organizations, in seeking support for mentor recruitment. Youth Program coordinators enjoy benefits of attending community seminars and summits, obtaining professional connections with early childhood learners, and opportunities to join organization memberships such as the Family Empowerment and Engagement Task Force.
Before entering a preschool classroom, volunteers must undergo training. This semester, two training options are offered:
- Jan. 21 from 2-4 p.m. in DSC 1006
- Jan. 27 from 3-5 p.m. in DSC 2202
Students will then volunteer two hours per week up to 10 hours per month assisting teachers and engaging with students in classroom reading activities.
Maria Paula McIntyre