Brooke County Committee on Aging
An estimated 80 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) trained, unduplicated volunteers will serve youth, all community members including seniors and veterans, in the primary focus area. After School Adventures Program (ASAP) is a cost FREE service provided to parents and children in the Northern Panhandle of WV. Volunteers will provide one-on-one or group mentoring to 100 youth 1:3, 6 hours per week for 25 weeks. Volunteers will greet youth, provide snacks, encourage homework, and assistance with any problem areas. If child has no homework, volunteer will encourage participation in grade appropriate educational exercises. Volunteers will implement various enrichment activities that include science, math, fitness, health, art, and literacy, in order to engage children to help them have an increased attachment to school and education aspirations. Service learning projects will be geared to help veterans and their families have a higher quality of life. They will serve a healthy, balanced hot meal in a family style environment. Volunteers will be available to advise youth and parents and receive insight. They will assist youth with cleanup, and then social time will be given. Schools, parents, and stations will refer youth of working parents. Through a network of 15 stations/sites located in four counties, such as veterans centers, military missions, work force center, emergency service offices, senior centers, libraries, housing authorities, primary schools, Catholic diocese, colleges, universities, chapels, middle schools, and Christian centers. The primary focus area of this project is community-based mentoring. At the end of the three-year grant, 80 volunteers will serve 6,000 hours mentoring 100 youth in grades K-12 that participate in the after-school program and three service projects of which 60 youth will improve in academic engagement, defined as increased attachment to school. The CNCS federal investment of $98,638 will be supplemented by $52,383.