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Melanie Ladd
Community Programs Coordinator
Call 207-351-3016

S.H.I.P.S. - Special Helpers in Public Schools
Volunteers are The Heart Of Our Community

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Community involvement in the York Schools includes parents, grandparents, senior citizens, business people, local organizations and others from the Town of York and surrounding areas. In 2011-2012, the York School Department honored over 900 volunteers working within our schools. The York Schools' Volunteer Program has coordinated over 30,000 volunteer hours invested in our community. Programs include parent volunteers, grandparent volunteers working directly in the classroom and businesses participating in our Career Quest Program. Currently we have 120 students K-12 enrolled in the York Schools' Mentoring Program..

Become a Grandparent Volunteer
Join our local Grandparent Volunteer Program in the York area. Enjoy the personal satisfaction of working with the elementary and secondary school students, teachers, and administrators. As a volunteer you will bring your own experience and knowledge to our young people, and your presence within the schools will help everyone to appreciate the real value of living to be a "grandperson"

What Does a Grand Person Do?
A Grand Person can help in many ways; tutoring individuals, helping in the classroom or library, reading to young students to name a few. You will be part of the educational team, helping teachers and students, office assistance, publishing center and listeners.

Special Skills Needed?
NO. All you need to bring is yourself. The Grandparent Program has a need and a place for you with your individual talents and experiences.

Time Involved?
We need whatever time you can spare. A few hours a day, week, or month.....it's all up to you.

Who Benefits?
Most of all, the students. They will learn to work with and communicate with adults. They will learn that older adults do care about their schools. You, as a Grand Person will also benefit. You will meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience the joy of helping others.

It's a fact, the Grandparent Program is designed to meet two important needs in York; that of our students who would profit from the special interest and caring of older people and the elders themselves who will find their skills valued and appreciated. Students need the opportunity to interact with the older generation. Grandparents may discover new joys utilizing their talents and skills

How Do I Get There?
The Grandparent Program is part of the York School's Volunteer Program. The Coordinator recruits, interviews and places volunteers in the York School System with concurrence of school system administration.

Grandparents Are Needed To Assist In The Following Areas:

Auto Mechanics  
After School Support
Career Education
Arts and Crafts
Business Administration
Publishing Center
Prepare Instruction Material
Reading Stories
Enrichment Programs
Field Trips
Social Studies
Special Events

Become A "S.H.I.P.S." Mentor
We would like you to work with the youth in our community. There is nothing like individual one-on-one attention to help a student achieve academic goals and set high aspirations for themselves. Whether the student's needs be social, emotional, or educational, your support, caring, and time can make a difference in a child's life and school experience. Mentoring can also make a difference in your life - a very positive and rewarding difference.

What is a Mentor?
A mentor is an individual who spends quality time with a student. A mentor acts as a positive adult role model, a caring friend and a good listener in order to help their student make a successful transition toward adulthood. The goal of the program is to build student's self-esteem, inspire their hopes and dreams, and help increase academic achievement.

What Do You Need to Be a Mentor?
Are you a retiree, parent, professional, or community member who would like to share some of your time with a student?
Are you someone that would like to provide a positive role model for a student to enhance his/her chances for academic, personal, and career success?
If so, then we would like you to become a mentor in our York Schools. We ask you to provide guidance and support to a student for just one hour a week during school time.

What Will We Provide You?
We will provide you with an orientation session, school tour, training and guidelines on how to be a successful mentor.

Melanie Ladd, Community Programs Coordinator
Call 207-351-3016

Join the "S.H.I.P.S." Mentoring Program, because "it takes a village to raise a child."

469 U.S. Route 1 York, Maine | Phone: 207-363-3403 | Fax: 207-363-5602 | Contact Us 

As the tides of the ocean and the strength of the mountain shape our community, the York Schools' commitment to educational excellence and individual achievement shapes the future of each student. 
The mission of York Schools is to educate, inspire and challenge all learners to be ethical citizens who will make a difference in a changing and complex world.