Youth Mentoring

The Madison House Youth Mentoring Program works with youth at several local schools, agencies and programs. Read about our volunteer opportunities below!

Program Sites:

Abundant Life

What Will the Volunteer Do?


The volunteer will work with the same child each week and help the child with their school assigned homework; then will tutor the child in reading or math, by completing special activities assigned by a tutoring coordinator. There are also opportunities for the volunteers to play with the kids during free time, take them on field trips, and attend other Abundant Life sponsored community picnics and activities (such as the Annual Christmas Banquet) with the children and their families.

When?


Tutoring will be held:
  • Johnson Elementary: 3:00pm - 4:30pm; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3:00pm - 4:15pm; Tuesday & Thursday
  • Buford Middle: 3:00pm - 4:00pm; Monday & Wednesday

    Where?


    Volunteering takes place at various local schools.

    ACES (Active Chess Enrichment for Students)

    What Will the Volunteer Do?


    Playing ACES Chess is a non-profit that brings chess to the community through fun and engaging means to help youth explore their natural ability to develop their minds and integrate those skills learned playing chess into their educational lives, so as to be better students overall. Our after school clubs range in chess ability from true beginners to truly exceptional students waiting for a real challenge in their academic lives.

    We have programs at many levels, but most volunteers will teach beginning level chess after school at local elementary schools. You do not need to know much about the game to volunteer, just a desire to work with kids to help them learn the wonderful game of chess while you learn the game with them. Those with more advanced chess ability can either lead chess instruction at an elementary school or work with higher level middle and high school students.

    When?


    There are after school programs at different public schools each weekday, please see the schedule below if you want to see the time blocks for each school/program.

    Time blocks for when you leave and get back to UVa are any weekday 2-4:30 PM or 2:30-5:00 PM for elementary schools and typically 7:45-9:15 AM for middle and high schools. Our Boys and Girls Club program is Fridays 3:45-6:15.

    Where?


    We are currently in seven schools and the Boys and Girls Club with more schools every semester.

    Please see the programs page below to see the schools we are in and travel times.

    Action in Reading

    What Will the Volunteer Do?


    Action in Reading is a neighborhood community after-school program for early elementary school students to help them develop independent reading skills. Students come to ‘book club’ every week to read, play games, and solve puzzles with student and adult volunteers. The volunteers will get to know the students and help them develop personally and academically throughout the semester.

    When?


    2-4pm on Wednesdays

    Where?


    (inside the Mallside Forest Apartments)
    816 Mallside Forest Ct
    Charlottesville, VA 22901

    Computers4Kids

    What will the volunteer do?


    Computers4kids is a non-profit organization that offers computer training and tutoring for underprivileged middle school and high school students in the Charlottesville Community. You will be set up with one student for an entire year teaching them how to use simple computer techniques such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to produce two major projects. At the end of the year, if the student has fulfilled their hour requirements and has shown mastery of their computer programs they will have the opportunity to receive a free computer! Only basic computer skills are necessary.

    When?


    Computers4kids operates weekly from 3-8 P.M M-F. Students would have to volunteer at least 1 1/2 -2 hours weekly with their student within these times.

    Where?


    945 2nd Street SE
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Music Resource Center

    What Will the Volunteer Do?

    Music Teacher:
    Volunteers are paired with students of similar musical interests and meet one-on-one to work on the student's goals. Volunteers do not need to be classically-trained or professional musicians; however, they should feel comfortable teaching one-on-one and explaining his or her instrument. In this position, a volunteer will meet with a student for 30-45 minutes per week for eight weeks to further the student's musical development, either by establishing an end goal to work toward or by outlining techniques to work on for each week. Volunteers typically teach drums, guitar, piano, vocals, beat making, and audio engineering. Based on student availability and interest, additional instrument lessons are also offered.

    When?


    There are 12 possible weekly volunteer shifts that are available on Monday through Saturday. The shifts are 3:00pm-5:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm. Volunteers are asked to select one shift per week.

    Where?


    105 Ridge Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Virginia Discovery Museum

    What Will the Volunteer Do?


    Gallery volunteers enhance visitor experience at a locally-run children's museum by encouraging exhibit interaction and play. They facilitate children to learn through exploration while maintaining the museum's safe and positive play environment.

    When?


    Volunteer shifts take place on Monday-Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm, and 3:00pm-5:00pm.

    Where?


    524 East Main Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

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