Become a Youth Mentor!

Become a Youth Mentor!
Posted on 10/07/2021
Become a Youth Mentor!The Elmira City School District has been awarded the NYSED "My Brother's Keeper" Grant Award, providing funds from 2021-2025 to support programming. The New York State My Brother’s Keeper initiative seeks to “Change the Narrative” of boys and young men of color, and all students, by closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps they face and helping them to reach their full potential. To this end, grant-funded opportunities are available in specific areas to develop programs and strategies to help boys and young men of color and all students realize their full potential. Are you interested in applying to be a mentor (6-hours a week/paid position).

In partnership with Corning Incorporated, the City of Light Church, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southside Community Center, grant funding will support the Building Relationships Integral to Development of Genuine Engagement (BRIDGE) Project, which will support implementation of a comprehensive District-wide network of school, family, and community engagement practices and strategies.

The BRIDGE Project will improve outcomes for disadvantaged youth, specifically young men of color and students from low-income families, and will develop systems for measuring impact and sustaining ongoing achievement.

Programming will include one-on-one family mentoring, community Listening Sessions, Parent Academies, and Resource Hubs, provided through the collaboration of district building administrators and staff, BRIDGE Navigators (family mentoring advocates), the district’s Family and Community Outreach Coordinators (FCOCs), School Resource Officers (SROs), and project partners. Mentors need to be able to commit to at least 6 hours a week, participate in a paid mentor training program and pass a background check.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Learn more here.