PALS Student Mentors has meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 9:15 in MAN 107. Anyone interested should email email@example.com
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We spoke with PALS Student Mentor's President, to learn more about what PALS does, upcoming events, and how their organization gives back to the community, and here's what she had to say:
Q: What upcoming events, programs or initiatives do you have?
A: "In February we will be doing a volunteering event where both mentors and mentees will volunteering at Kids Food Basket. We will also be attending CJSA's "Those Who Protect Us" event. Past events we have done are a Welcome event at Lincoln Park, Fall Fest at Dunneback Farms, bowling at Northfield Lanes, an art event with NAEA (National Art Education Association) and a holiday party."
Q: Summary of what your organization does
A: "Our organization matches exceptional college students with at-risk youth in Grand Rapids in order to create positive mentoring relationships. Our mentors are required to see their mentees every week for at least one hour, although most far surpass that requirement. Mentors can do all kinds of activities with their mentee including play at the park, create crafts, go out to eat, go to the Children's Museum, tutor, and whatever else they come up with. In addition, we offer one or two free group events a month. Just this year we welcomed mentors, mentees, and parents at our Welcome Event at Lincoln Park. We had tye-dying, relay games, finger painting, a picture scavenger hunt, and more! We also had a blast getting a hay ride and navigating through a corn maze at Dunneback Farms. Bowling is also a favorite! At the NAEA/PALS event, the mentors and mentees were able to create identity houses out of boxes and all the art supplies they could ask for! Finally at the holiday event, we offered ginger bread house making, ornament decorating, had a holiday photo booth, and more! PALS is a great way for the mentees to escape their troubles and just have fun with a positive role model that cares about them!
Q: What issues does your organization address
A: "Our organization holds events for our mentees and mentors to attend so they can have a low-cost way to have fun, learn, and grow in their relationship. Our events are both educational and exciting for the pairs! In addition, this year we held a winter gear drive for kids and families at a local school who have difficulty affording such necessities."
Q: What types of service do you provide to students?
A: "Our organization holds events for our mentees and mentors to attend so they can have a low-cost way to have fun, learn, and grow in their relationship. Our events are both educational and exciting for the pairs! In addition, this year we held a winter gear drive for kids and families at a local school who have difficulty affording such necessities. Our students are provided with the opportunity to see their mentee weekly! This program is a huge commitment and it just goes to show how passionate mentors are about changing the lives of kids. Our organization prides itself in the fact that mentors can choose their own activities to do with their mentees as well as attend the events that we provide for free. There truly is a lot of love in PALS Student Mentors!"
Q: What non profits does your organization work with?
A: PALS doesn't work with other non-profits