Circle of Friends

“Circle of Friends” is a school-based mentoring program that matches community volunteers with youth in Kindergarten – 6th grade, within the Elmira City School District, and in 1:1 mentoring relationships and small group friendships. 


Circle of Friends occurs during a student’s lunchtime (approximately 45 minutes per grade level) for up to four hours per month, September to June.  Volunteers assist students with homework, reading, game playing, skill-building activities, peer-to-peer and adult socialization and interaction, and craft activities to share within the community. 


Most importantly, our Circle of Friends students and volunteers are spending quality time together in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment, while building a trusting friendship.

Become a Circle of Friends volunteer today!

Nancy's Testimony
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Teacher and Kids in Library
Paraplegic Sporting Event
Teacher with Pupils
Kids in Vegetable Farm
Nursery School

Circle of Friends Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in one of the eight elementary schools within the Elmira City School District

  • Must be referred by a school official or mental health professional that works with the students on a regular basis

  • Able to act in an age-appropriate manner individually and in small groups while attending Circle of Friends.

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1019 E Water Street

Elmira, NY 14901

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Crisis Number: (607) 442-6900

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