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The Mentoring Initiative gives 50 Ways members and Rockbridge-area citizens a chance to make a vital difference in our community, by stepping up to help our students and public schools. This small committee examines how our community serves its youngest citizens. Our initiative is aimed at promoting and fostering educational and social literacies, starting with
middle and high school kids.

We rely on local expertise to meet a variety of needs, ranging from attacking student hunger to leading enrichment classes in any specialty. The volunteer opportunities stretch from grant-writing to providing homework help, from staffing a breakfast kiosk to leading children in after-school exercise. We constantly seek volunteers with a variety of interests to step in and make a sturdy commitment. The hours for these assignments range from early morning to after-school.

We’ve designed a signup system that allows you to choose the volunteer commitment that fits you.

Mentoring Initiative

Issue Coordinators:

Ellen Mayock

List of Opportunities

  1. Volunteers to write grants for the local schools (indicate if you have experience with grant writing) - no specific time commitment (we will contact his group when there is an opportunity to apply for a grant or when we are looking for grants for specific projects)

  2. Volunteers to staff the second breakfast kiosk at Maury River Middle School (MRMS) or Rockbridge County High School (between first and second period - between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m. daily) – no skill needed

  3. Volunteers with the after-school program at MRMS (3 - 5:30 p.m., every weekday) to help with homework, physical education-type activities and make-up classwork. Categories are math, English, history, science, languages, physical education. {Note: volunteers will need to go through background checks.}

  4. Volunteers for the remedial/enrichment hour at MRMS (8:30 to 9:30am, Tuesdays and Thursdays) - volunteers can help in remedial classes (math, reading/writing skills; under the supervision of a MRMS teacher) or propose to lead some type of enrichment class (indicate topics of interest).

  5. Volunteers for project based learning (no specific times, will be contacted if a students is interested in working on a project in the field of expertise of the volunteer) - we need a list of people who would be willing to share their expertise with classes or students from time to time; we need the expertise area and the preferred contact info (e-mail, phone, etc.)

With the exception of the second breakfast and remedial/enrichment hour, volunteers have some flexibility in terms of the number of hours that they would like to commit to working. Preferably, a volunteer would commit to one hour per week, every week.

If you would like to sign up, please email

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