Have lunch with a child once each week. Quality time in this one-on-one relationship can help students in many areas that affect life at home and at school. By offering friendship, guidance and a positive perspective, a mentor clearly shows that someone cares.
Help a child be successful in school by tutoring them during the school day or helping them with their homework after school. All Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County sites have a great need for tutors.
Student Interest Group:
You can share a talent or special interest with a group of children at any of our school sites…sports, crafts, model rocketry. Or you can just talk about topics of interest to the students. Usually this is a once-a-week commitment for six weeks. Shy? Think about co-facilitating a group with a friend.
Motivate and inspire at-risk girls by connecting them with positive female role models. You can help girls build confidence, take appropriate risks, and enjoy the rewards associated with good decision-making. You can facilitate a small girls group weekly for six weeks (materials are available).
Invite a small group of students to your work place to provide them the opportunity to learn about careers, marketable skills, and professional behavior. Sharing your job skills and career experience is a wonderful way to inspire a child or young adult to set future goals for themselves!
Visit a classroom of students to give a presentation and answer questions about careers or your topic of interest. Share your knowledge and guidance with our future work force.
Supply or Clothing Drive:
Help children and families by donating much needed, new, miscellaneous items (backpacks, school supplies, clothing, etc.), or organize a drive at your church or place of business.
Reality U is an exercise that helps youth understand the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adult responsibilities. Each student completes a lifestyle assessment and is assigned an occupation based on their grade point average. Students are given a checkbook with a monthly salary to go through the Reality U and purchase housing, transportation, child care, food, utilities, insurance and more. Community representatives from those entities are stationed at booths in the Reality U. Volunteers are needed to assist students with their purchases.
*All volunteers receive an orientation and training. This can take place at the school or at your place of business.
Donate to Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County:
If you would like to contribute to Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County in a way other than volunteering, donations are always welcome. Items of need include: alarm clocks (battery operated), batteries, board games, school uniforms, brown leather belts, lice kits, small paper shredders, children’s socks, children’s shoes, craft supplies, hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, combs, lotions, brushes, chapstick, etc.), string backpacks, general school supplies (crayons, paper, markers, glue, pencils, pens, dry erase markers), financial contributions.