Advocates for Children

Service Learning Options

Listed below are four of the possible service learning activities that you may join. Once you have selected an activity, you are committed to staying with that program for the duration of the Fall semester.

Option #1: Advocates for Children and Lakeland Stars Tutoring and Mentoring Program.

Who: 25 students from the AFC Program, and 20 Paint Branch Elementary School children.
When: Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:30 pm
Where: Chestertown and Belaire Lounges
Start Tutoring: Thursday, September 24, 1998.
Contact Person: Elizabeth Brenden 4-5909 elizb@wam.umd.edu

Description: Research shows that moderate to high-risk students who participate in college outreach programs increase their odds of enrolling in a four-year college nearly two-fold. The new and improved Lakeland Stars program will pair 20 Advocates with 20 second through sixth graders for a mentoring/tutoring program, with 5 Advocates working as student coordinators and activity planners. Advocates and Lakeland Stars pairs will spend the first hour on homework, and the second on fun and recreational activities.

Option #2: Children's Developmental Clinic

Who: Unlimited number of Advocates and children from the community seeking developmental support of all kinds.
When: Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: On Campus, Downstairs Gym-North Gymnasium.
Clinic Starts: Saturday, September 26, 1998
Contact Person: Dr. Paul Hahn, 301-405-2442

Description: This is a well seasoned, excellent opportunity for students to work one-on-one with children ages infant to 12 years old. Clinicians receive pre-clinic training. Pairs practice developmental skills including motor, academic, and creative skills. The clinic approach to working with children is in the area of motor development in a one-to-one individualized "fun with a friend" program.

Option #3: St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home

Who: Unlimited number of Advocates and children who reside at St. Ann's, new-born through eight years old.
When: Anytime during the week, between 10:00 and 7:00, exluding the lunch hour.
Where: St. Ann's, 4901 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD
Contact Person: Elizabeth Brenden 4-5909

Description: St. Ann's is a residential program for pregnant and new teen moms. There are day-care, preschool, and developmental services for children and counseling, parenting, certification, job skills, and GED classes for the parents. Students may work with infants and children in classrooms, nurseries, or living areas. There is also the possibility to tutor parents for their GED exams, 5-9 pm in the libraries or group lounges.

Option #4: The Caring Project:

Who: Unlimited number of Advocates, and at-risk children from Langley Park.
When: Fridays from 2:30-5:30 pm.
Where: Hope Lutheran Church
Contact Person: Rev. Beth Platz, 5-8448

Description: The Caring Project works with children in the nearby Langley Park community. Volunteers are needed for the Friday tutoring/mentoring sessions. These weekly visits are designed to increase children's self-esteem and encourage them to continue their education. There are many opportunities for bilingual Spanish-English volunteers to use their language skills. There are many children from this neighborhood who need support!

Other ideas? Find six other Advocates and propose your group's idea to Elizabeth Brenden.

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