YONKERS, N.Y. -- Helping low-income, struggling teens succeed and make it to college is the mission of the Meaningful Volunteer Opportunity with Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) in Yonkers.
Currently, the non-profit organization, that has been successfully providing college access support to low income, first generation students in Yonkers for the past eight years, is seeking volunteers to serve as graduation coaches for YPIE Scholars mentoring program.
No prior experience is needed. A full training will take place on Nov. 18; following the training the volunteer coaches will be matched with one to four Yonkers ninth-graders who they mentor during their four years of high school years with the goal of helping them stay on-track for graduation so that they are able to achieve their post-secondary goals.
Beginning in January 2016, the volunteer coaches will meet with their scholar(s) every two weeks in the students' high school for 20 to 45 minutes during the school day. The students who have applied to be YPIE Scholars are looking forward to having a trusted adult who can help them navigate the challenging road to and through college.