The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development partners with the following mentoring programs offered by local nonprofits:
Founded in 2008, the DU Scholars Program offers tutoring and mentoring to African American students who show promise as future leaders and scholars. Tutors can work with high school students at Central HS, where they build strong relationships with students and help them with a wide variety of subjects, perhaps including tutoring or ACT prep; or with students at Pipkin Middle School, where they help students make smart decisions, both academically and socially.
Students can volunteer or apply for a paid position. They may arrange to get Engaged Learning credit as well.
Tutors are needed at Central from 1:15-2 MW or 1:15-3 Th, and from 2-3 at Pipkin. Occasionally tutoring and mentoring opportunities take place on the weekends.
Please contact Peter Meidlinger if you are interested in the DU Scholars Program.:
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English
Co-Founder, DU Scholars Program
Mission to Mentor Program
The Mission to Mentor Program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield pairs club members with community volunteers. Unit Directors from each of the three Springfield clubs are continually identifying Club members who have the greatest need for a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Community volunteers (the mentor) are matched up with a club member (the mentee) based on interests and hobbies and make a commitment to meet with a mentee one hour per week on site at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.
Please contact Debbie Herron to learn more or to sign up for the Mission to Mentor Program.
It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their “Bigs” meet with them during their school lunch time for 30 minutes once each week.
Drury University supports the Lunch Buddy Program at Boyd Elementary (which is within walking distance of Drury). “Bigs” in the Lunch Buddies Program make a year-long commitment (per academic year) with the ideal situation being that the relationship lasts longer than a year.
To learn more or to sign up for the mentoring opportunities through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, please contact them directly.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
3372 W. Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807
Ambassadors for Children is a service agency to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. Their mission is to provide quality services and support for abused and neglected children in our community. Mentors in this program provide educational support for children in foster care. Once matched, mentors meet once a week in a public setting to tutor and mentor. Mentors can assist elementary, middle, or high school students with math, reading, or writing.
Mentors must be at least 18 years old and willing to make a 6-month commitment. Training is provided.
To learn more or to sign up for this mentoring opportunity with Ambassadors for Children, please contact them directly.