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.
PAL Eligibility Requirements for Clients:
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.