Friends Blue Ridge ABC Program
Friends school-based program comes to Blue Ridge Elementary
Opportunity to mentor a child in a school setting
Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with the Friends program to offer a school-based mentoring program. The "Friends Blue Ridge ABC Program" requires adult volunteers to commit to just one hour per week for the school-year.
Volunteers meet with their young friends in a safe environment on the Blue Ridge Elementary school grounds during lunch or after school. Children range from grades 1-5 and enjoy spending time with their adult friends engaging in diverse activities, including reading, board games, sports, tag, and art projects. Even though all contact takes place at school, there are no specific academic goals to achieve-the focus is simply on developing a friendship.
- Friends school-based program now offered at Blue Ridge Elementary
- Three sessions available daily: lunch time, 3 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
- 18 student program (ages 6 to 11)
- One hour per week time commitment
- Two hour (one-time) training requirement
- Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old
How do you become a friend?
STEP 1: Download an application at www.wallawallafriends.org or pick one up from the Friends office or Blue Ridge.
STEP 2: After you turn in your volunteer application, Friends will conduct a background screening and prepare you for your friendship at a group training.
STEP 3: Friends staff will match you with a young friend who shares similar interests, and you'll receive ongoing staff support throughout your friendship.
Dr. Mark G. Brown, Friends Executive Director
Kim Doepker, Blue Ridge Principal
Friends is a local non-profit mentoring organization that helps children engage in safe, youth-focused friendships with adults. Friends is not affiliated with any religious organization.