by Carly Schorman
Arizonans for Children is a Phoenix-based organization that helps foster children and their families in a multitude of ways from providing cozy visitation space to organizing classes and workshops. But perhaps their most impressive organizational effort, beyond the facility itself, is the mentorship program offered through Arizonans for Children.
Through the program, any child in the custody of the state can request to be paired with a mentor from the community. Last year, more than 400 tutor/mentors took part in the program as volunteers. The results? An 85% improvement in the grades of children who participate in the mentorship program and an overall rise in the students’ sense of self-worth.
The mentorship program through Arizonans for Children gives people an opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a child. At the time of writing this, more than a 100 children are on a wait list for mentors and I know some of you artists and musicians can find the two-hours required a week to enact some positive change.
In committing to the mentorship program, Arizonans for Children asks for a one year commitment of two hours a week. If you can find the time to make a difference, consider signing up today. You can learn more about the Arizonans for Children Mentoring Program here or contact Jeff Jayne (Tutor/Mentor Coordinator) at 480-826-9262.
There are other ways you can help Arizonans for Children, including additional volunteer opportunities outside of the mentorship program or direct donations. And the center’s donation “wish list” includes much more than cash donations. From art supplies and hand soap to ping pong paddles and Post Its, Arizonans for Children can use some community support. So if you plan on going all KonMari on your house, cross-reference with their donation wish list to see what can find at new home with Arizonans for Children.