The Education and Mentorship Impact Committee provides volunteer opportunities supporting children through mentoring relationships, as well as children with health issues.
Books Between Kids
Junior League volunteers support Books Between Kids’ efforts by counting, sorting, packing, and labelling books in order to prepare for the “book celebrations” in the Houston Independent School District and the Humble Independent School District.
ChinquaPals – Chinquapin Preparatory School
Volunteers serve as mentors to seventh grade girls at Chinquapin Preparatory School by communicating through written correspondence and a book club. They also prepare welcome packages for an initial meet and greet event and exam care packages prior to the students’ December and May exams. The volunteers have lunch on campus with the students several times throughout the year, as well as host an Etiquette Dinner for the girls in the Junior League Tea Room.
DePelchin Children’s Center
Volunteers interact with children at DePelchin’s Richmond/Sugar Land location in a variety of events on Saturdays throughout the year, including, but not limited to, Pizza/Movie Night, Career Day, Etiquette Class and special field trips. This placement provides a safe, nurturing and esteem-building environment aiming to strengthen the lives of children.
Volunteers serve as Pen Pals to students in four Houston Independent School District Title I schools served by the SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic. The program emphasizes reading, writing and vocabulary skills through letter writing. It also exposes the students to new experiences, such as Pen Pals Days and Pen Pals Celebration Day. Pen Pals Days present opportunities for the volunteers and students to reinforce the pen pal relationship through personal visits.
Picture Pals – The Westview School
Volunteers serve as pen pals to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at The Westview School through a modified letter writing program enhanced by the addition of pictures. Three Picture Pals Days are scheduled for volunteers to meet and visit with their students which help students practice building relationships in a social setting. Additionally, volunteers compile a portfolio of letters and artwork exchanged throughout the year that is presented to each student at the end of the year Artists’ Reception.
Star of Hope
Teams of volunteers work at the Women and Family Emergency Shelter mentoring, tutoring and assisting the children in various cooperative learning centers. The program focuses on social and personal growth, as well as academic development designed to meet the special needs of the shelter’s homeless, at-risk children. Volunteers also write notes of encouragement to the Star of Hope clients.