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Mount Vernon Recruiting Youth Mentors, Paid Tutuors

Westchester Jewish Community Services is offering Mount Vernon high school students the chance to mentor elementary school students.
Westchester Jewish Community Services is offering Mount Vernon high school students the chance to mentor elementary school students. Photo Credit: Westchester Jewish Community Services

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – High school students are being offered the opportunity to mentor elementary school students during the 2013-14 school year.

Students must be at least 14 years old, live in Mount Vernon and be in good academic standing to work as a paid tutor or mentor. Students in high school or beginning high school next academic year are eligible to apply.

Known as " Off the Street ," the program by Westchester Jewish Community Services will pair high school students with second- through sixth-graders at Hamilton Elementary School for homework help, resisting negative peer pressure and making good choices.

Training sessions will be held from June 24 through 27. An informational flier and application may be downloaded from the link below. After the June training, successful applicants will be called back for additional training in September. The tutoring program runs from October through May, with mentors and tutors typically working two days a week.

Shamar Watson, program facilitator, said high school students who have the motivation to complete the training and work with younger children throughout the school year benefit with more than just a job: "We have a 99 percent graduation rate, and all of them go on to college," Watson said.

For more information, call Watson at 914-668-8938, ext. 307, or email him at swatson@wjcs.com .

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