The Morton Guardianship Activities Program (G.A.P. ) Mentoring is a program geared towards matching our youth with caring adults from within the community, to help encourage and guide positive life choices. Our efforts have been geared towards building relationships with our youth at the middle school and high school in Morton, by providing activities at lunch and on the kids time.
The purpose of these events is to show our kids we care before we start asking if they want to meet one on one with someone they have never met. We are excited with this approach as some of our kids come from rough backgrounds and don’t trust easily, and we are already seeing students reaching out and eager to do more of these events and service based activities.
Right now our need is more adults willing to be one-on-one mentors as well as our once a month events. So far we have reached approximately 90 students from our previous two events. Stemming from that we are in the process of adding a club or two at the high school/middle school as well as having students express interest in being mentored.
The LOU Crew: a community-based volunteer program supporting the White Pass School District
sponsored by the Cispus Learning Center
In order to thrive rather than just survive, all people need autonomy, competency and connectedness. Research indicates a determining factor for a student’s success is linked to a caring adult outside of the school or the student’s family that “cared when they didn’t have to.” The purpose of the LOU Crew is to be instrumental in helping to link our youth to mentors, opportunities, activities, life skills and purpose.
The goal of the LOU Crew is to involve as many community members as possible in meaningful service to students in a safe and structured way.
There is no “perfect” description of a volunteer just as there is no “perfect” description of a student. Traits that increase the chance of success are being a great listener, the ability to handle the frenetic nature of a school day and having no agenda other than hanging out with students.
The LOU Crew meets once a month. Volunteers are matched to the school based on their interest (tutoring, chaperoning, mentoring, K-3 reading, after-school activities, lunch conversations, etc.) and their desired age group (Elementary, Junior High or High School)