YMCA Mentoring Program


Mentors Wanted to Work with 8th graders at the YMCA/Roots Teen Center

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS VOLUNTEER at an exciting new initiative at the
Roots Teen Center on Eagle St in N. Adams, MA. We are looking for 4-5 Williams students who
can collaborate with YMCA/Roots program coordinator to help design an after-school mentoring
program for 8th graders from Drury High School. The goal of the program is “to improve
academic achievement, social competence and avoidance of problem, high risk behavior by
providing a relationship with a caring adult who works to help youth achieve their potential.”
Williams College students will meet students students every Thursday afternoon from
January – May. Activities will include:
● Regular ‘check-in’ and conversation topics chosen by students.
● Games and activities provided by Roots
● Food and cooking available
● Homework and/or project work for school
Time Commitment:
Winter Study: program design/orientation and visit to Roots – 4 hrs
Second Semester : one day per week at Roots (Thursday) Leave Williams at 2 PM and
return to campus by 4:15 PM. Two Saturdays at the YMCA. One hour/week of prep or
reflection with program coordinator at Williams.
Mentors will work with youth to enhance creative thinking and problem solving skills. Williams
students will be trained in: curriculum design, youth developmental assets and benefits of
Program Mentors/Partners:
Carolyn Brooks, Coordinator, YMCA Mentoring Program
Kaatje White, Assistant Director of High School Outreach, Williams College
Transportation and other logistical support provided by CLiA. Ability to drive one’s own car and
others a plus!
For more information and to apply, contact Kaatje White