PAL (Pupils Assistance through Learning) is a 1:1 mentoring program for youth in 4th-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 Circle of Friends volunteer today!

Soccer Practice
Happy Family
Boy Playing with Blocks
Happy Children
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PAL Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 10 years (4th Grade) to 18 years of age; 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.

Family Services of Chemung County
1019 E Water Street

Elmira, NY 14901

Main Line: (607) 733-5696

Crisis Number: (607) 442-6900

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