YouthFriends is innovative, school-based mentoring to connect students with inspiring mentors to promote success, encourage healthy behaviors and build stronger communities one child at a time. Learning Across Languages (LAL) is an enhanced mentoring program specifically for English Language Learners (ELL). LAL will benefit our most vulnerable populations, our youngest & newest citizens, who are at-risk children - academically, emotionally & assistance adjusting to our community with mentoring.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
ELL students face huge obstacles to academic success & emotional growth. For the vast majority of these students, English is not spoken at the home-resulting in little if any academic assistance for students who are already performing below their peers. These kids are also faced with conflicting expectations of teaching & translating for their parents while maintaining their status as 'children', which increases anxiety & creates lower levels of wellbeing, emotional stability & connectedness.
How will this project solve this problem?
This program will benefit our most vulnerable populations, our youngest & newest citizens academically, emotionally & culturally. The program will focus on ELL students in 3rd-7th grade pairing them with trained, caring mentors to help them navigate social barriers. YouthFriends mentors help ensure proper mental stability, while decreasing the stress of a new culture, environment and language for the children. These issues can lead to emotional & mental distress, which result in risky behaviors.
Potential Long Term Impact
To improve the lives of hundreds of ELL youth by helping mentors develop the skills, assets & intention necessary to succeed. By connecting ELL students with trained, caring adult mentors from our local communities, students will have the opportunity to practice their English and acculturation skills and feel more connected to their schools and accepted in their communities. Our goal is establishing an effective model for replication in school districts in Greater Kansas City & throughout KS/MO.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,405
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,405 . The original project funding goal was $58,250.