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PAL (Pupils Assistance through Learning) is a 1:1 mentoring program for youth in 7th-12th grade reside in Chemung County.  PAL volunteering happens outside of the regular school day with a focus on helping the participating youth to develop a positive self-image and a health self-esteem. We envision these youth also learning how to grow more socially, emotionally and culturally, and overall having a healthier relationship with their teachers and a more focused or confident approach to academic learning.


Volunteers and their “PAL” meet for a minimum of four hours a month engaging in community related activities, learning and building lifelong skills, and exploring cultural programs and events within the surrounding area. Our hope is that these monthly hours grow into a longer relationship that extends for more than a year and evolves into less of a required minimum and more into an important and meaningful relationship.


Our PALs are having fun while learning new skills, improving their socialization skills, reducing isolation, and building a lasting friendship.


Become a PAL volunteer today!

Soccer Practice
Happy Family
Boy Playing with Blocks
Happy Children
Friends on a Mountain

PAL Eligibility Requirements for Clients:

  • Must be in grades 7th-12th grade; 18 years of age will only apply if the student is enrolled in school

  • Must reside in Chemung County

  • Must be referred by a mental health professional (therapist, care manager, caseworker) and/or school counselor that works with the student on a regular basis

  • Able to act in an age-appropriate manner

  • Wants but lacks friends and has a limited social support system

  • Agrees to a one-year commitment to the program


To donate to the Compeer Program of the Family Services of Chemung County, please send checks to:


Finance Department at Family Services of Chemung County

c/o Compeer Program

1019 East Water Street

Elmira, NY 14901

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