A leader in school-based mentoring in Springfield, Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) is partnering with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to undertake a new venture – a program we are calling Mentoring Through Scouting.
Springfield School Volunteers' President and CEO, Denise N Cogman is presented with a sponsorship check from Kiwanis Club of Springfield President, Dr. Sharon MacDonald to support the City- Wide Read Aloud Program.
Our President and CEO Denise N Cogman is joined by Dr. Sharon MacDonald and host Lauren Zenzie to discuss the history and the impact of our City Wide Read Aloud Program on Mass Appeal this past Tuesday.
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization dedicated to expanding empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts, announced today an increase in support for mentoring programs across Massachusetts following the signing of the FY19 Massachusetts budget.
Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) announced it has been awarded a Mentoring Matching Grant of $26,110 from Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts.
Springfield School Volunteers has been chosen as the first non-profit community service award winner which is presented by Women to Watch for 2013-2014 voted on by the public for THE WESTERN MASS WOMEN MAGAZINE’S Annual “TOP WOMEN TO WATCH EVENT ! the event will take place at Chez Josef in Agawam, MA on October 10, 2013.
Therapy dog, Cassie, visited students at Alfred M. Glickman Elementary School on Jan. 14. The 10-year old Bright Spot volunteer, and her owner, Nancy Friedman, were special guests as a part of Springfield School Volunteers’ Read Aloud program.
Ghida has impacted the lives of young people by sharing her experiences.
Name: Ghida Khamis El-Banna
I am a Mentor and Tutor at: Kensington International School.
I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: Two years.
I became a volunteer because: I felt that I had some tools and skills to share such as the Arabic language and my experiences as a refugee.
By volunteering I have learned: I have learned to appreciate the things that I have and the recognize the importance of the work I do with the little kids because it helps shape their lives. I have also learned how to be an ally and a friend with kids who have similar life experiences to mine or come from a disadvantaged or oppressive community.
My favorite thing about volunteering is: When I come back to the school for a new year the students warmly greet me and remember all the good things we did together.
Why should another caring person in the community join you as a mentor? Other volunteers should join us because we work really hard to empower young kids.They will see the students growing and learning effectively. It is very rewarding!
“I have been participating in the Read Aloud Program for the past 10 years and had planned to make this my last year, but my experience was so heartwarming and I loved every minute of [it.] I am anxious to return next month.”
– Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
“Thank you very much. I just wanted to say that helping in our schools has truly been a life changing event for me. I should be paying them for letting me help.”
– Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
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