Adopt-A-Bear Cub Mentoring Program

Are you looking to get involved in the community and give back?  Well, the Adopt-A-Bear Cub Mentor Program is a great way to do so!  This mentor program gives area college students the chance to work with students at the local Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam.

The school is located less than two miles from the SUNY Potsdam campus.  College students are given the chance to work with students either Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, from approximately 3:15pm to 4:15pm.  For the first half hour the program focuses on academics, such as homework, reading, etc.  The remainder of the time is given to playing games, going outside, etc.

Not only is this program a great opportunity for college students to get involved in the community, but the elementary students love seeing their mentor each day!  The elementary students involved in this program enjoy spending one-on-one time with their mentor, who they get to know and form a relationship with.  By the end of the program you won’t want to leave!  The elementary students involved in this mentor program are hand picked by the school counselor, Sue Pike.

I was a supervisor for the Adopt-A-Bear Cub Mentor Program for three semesters, an a mentor for multiple semesters.  As an education major, this program has taught me a lot about management, different home-lives that students come from, and much, much more!  Being a mentor also gave me the chance to form a relationship with a student who really benefitted from one-on-one time with someone who was always there for her.

I highly recommend being involved in this program no matter what your major!  This is a great opportunity for everyone, and only takes two hours a week.

If you are looking to get involved in this program I recommend that you fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R9PRB3S.  Once you have filled out this survey you will be enrolled in a moodle course that provides a lot of information regarding the program.  Nicole Feml is the supervisor for all college students, and can be contacted at femlna@potsdam.edu, or found in 112A Satterlee Hall.

In addition, there will be two training sessions:

Monday/Wednesday Volunteers:

January 26th, 2015: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Lawrence Avenue Elementary School Cafeteria

Tuesday/Thursday Volunteers:

January 27th, 2015: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Lawrence Avenue Elementary School Cafeteria

The program will officially start on:

January 28th & 29th, 2015: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Lawrence Avenue Elementary School Cafeteria

And ends on:

May 6th & 7th, 2015: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Lawrence Avenue Elementary School Cafeteria

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