Pathways pairs our middle and high school scholars with caring adult mentors trained through the Grizzlies Foundation. We have a waiting list of 40-60 students eager to be assigned a mentor, will you serve?
Requirements to be a Mentor
- Complete a volunteer application
- Provide references
- Pass a background check
- Complete an interest assessment with a member of STREETS staff to best match your mentee
- Attend a Grizzlies TeamUp orientation, a Pathways new mentor training, and Stewards of Children training (Average of 6 total hours)
- Commit to meeting with your mentee, once a week during the school year, for a minimum of one hour, between 2:30-6pm, Monday - Friday
- 1 full school year commitment
- Minimum of 1 session (1 hour) per week with mentee
- During the session, mentors are expected to help their mentee develop life skills, expose them to cultural experiences, and guide them through the provided Naviance curriculum.
STREETS mentors and mentees attend Grizzlies games together, eat at local restaurants, visit local attractions, go to movies, and so much more!
Sign up for a required training:
- Saturday, April 29, 9a.m.-12:30p.m.
- Additional training sessions opening up soon.
& Ready Reader
Only once students learn to read can they read to learn. Become a STREETS Smart or Ready Readers volunteer and share the love of books once a week with a eager second grader. One afternoon a week can make a lifetime of difference.
STREETS Smart is an after-school program that pairs volunteers with elementary students to review basics in literacy. The program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-5:00p.m.
Expectations: Minimum of 1.5 hours weekly commitment
Ready Readers is a partnership program that runs during the school day at Kingsbury Elementary School. Volunteers read one-on-one with elementary students who are below proficient in reading.
Expectations: 1 hour weekly commitment (30 minutes each with two students).
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Block Parties are our after-hours opportunity to share the Gospel with our students. Once a month on Mondays for high school students and Thursdays for middle school students, staff and volunteers lead students in songs, mixers, skits, and a devotional. The evening wraps up with dinner provided and served by individuals or groups, a typical block party dinner consists of: pizza, juice boxes, small chip bags, and cookies. Bring your friend and join the fun, fill out an application here!
Have questions? Contact one of our Outreach Coordinators:
Stanford Brown (Outreach Coordinator - Downtown)
Margot Aleman (Outreach Coordinator - Graham)
At our core, STREETS exists to help students explore and embrace their faith. Our Bible studies help scholars dive deeper into the content from Block Parties. These grade and gender specific studies led by staff and volunteers, meet once a week, and typically consist of groups of four to eight students.
If you would like to sign up to lead a bible study, please fill out an application here.
Called to coach? Coaching allows you to be a positive role model in students' lives while helping to build character and improve self-esteem. Volunteers are needed to coach STREETS basketball, soccer, flag football, and kickball teams teams in both the ESCRA and MAM leagues.
Coaches are required to conduct one practice a week and attend games for roughly 8 weeks.
Join the STREETS team fill out an application here.