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Become a Mentor with Phipps' Young Adult Literacy Program

 

Become a Mentor with Phipps' Young Adult Literacy Program

The Phipps Literacy Connection/Young Adult Literacy Program helps young adults overcome literacy problems, acquire a diploma, and improve their employment prospects. The program is specially designed for young adults aged 16-24 who read between a 4th and 8th grade level and are not currently in school or employed. An intensive program of classroom instruction helps participants qualify for a Pre-High School Equivalency program, while work-readiness training prepares them for future employment.

They are current seeking volunteers mentors who will be paired with High School Equivalency students for a minimum of one 12-week cycle. Mentors will meet weekly to assist students in program activities that involved math, literacy, science, social studies, financial literacy, and college and career preparation.

WHEN:
One-hour weekly sessions starting on Monday, February 12

WHERE:
Various locations, New York Public Libraries located in the South Bronx

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:
- Mentors must have a high school diploma
- Mentors must have excellent communications skills; should be personable and enthusiastic, sensitive and careful possibly discussion issues around a variety of traume

VOLUNTEER PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Mentors who have received their GED or similar
- Mentors who have experienced hardship relatable to the students' lives (e.g. housing instability, single parent homes, early parenthood, educational disability, court-involvement, unemployment, trauma, etc.)
- Mentors who have achieved financial independence and can share their expertise in college and career navigation

TO APPLY:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ian McDermott via email at imcdermott@phippsny.org with the subject line "Mentor Interest" or call (347) 753-2200.

*This is not a New York Cares project*

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