Start a program at your school for mentoring or tutoring elementary school children.

How To:

Build connection across schools and age groups. Coordinate with the local elementary or middle school to offer tutoring, mentoring, or group activities for younger students. Students can work one-on-one for homework help, or one-on-one or in groups in activities or games.

Tips & Suggestions:

  • If the elementary school has an after-school program, older students can volunteer there.

Fast Facts:

  • Cross-age tutoring helps high schooler students develop confidence in their ability to be competent leaders and role-models (Paterson & Elliott, 2006).
  • Relationships with role-models in school settings have been linked to improved academic attitudes and self-esteem for students (Chan et al., 2013).
  • Studies show that helping others and volunteering can make you happier! (Dunn, Aknin, & Norton, 2008).

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