It’s All About the Kids!
Mentoring Youth Nantucket (MYNantucket) improves and enriches the lives of island children through the friendship and guidance of our caring, responsible, volunteer mentors.
Traditional 1-to-1 Mentoring
Island children are matched with supportive adult mentors who share their interests. Mentors and mentees meet at least 2 days each month to spend quality time together. They enjoy activities that range from throwing a baseball to baking cookies to doing science experiments.
MYNantucket regularly consults with other local non-profits and Nantucket Public Schools staff to identify children who would benefit from a 1-to-1 mentor relationship.
For more than a decade, this program has provided an early drop-off opportunity and a free daily breakfast to hundreds of elementary school children who often skip breakfast at home. Nantucket High School students volunteer to share a healthy breakfast, talk, play games, help with homework, and spend time with their elementary school buddies.
Breakfast Buddies not only benefits the elementary school children by providing them with companionship and role models, but proves equally beneficial to the high school students, who learn responsibility and leadership skills.
Local high school students volunteer to tutor 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students after school. Under the supervision of a teacher, students spend several afternoons each week focusing on the young mentees’ homework. Without this program, many mentees would not receive the tutoring that they need to succeed in school.
Middle School Academic Mentoring
Adult volunteers from the Nantucket community tutor Cyrus Pierce Middle School students who are struggling academically. Mentors and mentees are paired based on academic areas of need. They work together on homework, in addition to study and organization skills, to prepare the students for the upcoming challenges of high school. These relationships help build both academic excellence as well as improve self-confidence during an especially challenging stage in life.
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