Volunteer foster grandparents work with at-risk youth

May 21, 2017
The Star News (NC)

Grandparents have an extraordinary influence on children’s lives. Carolyn James and James Nixon know firsthand how important that job is. James and Nixon are two of 40 foster grandparents volunteering with the New Hanover County Foster Grandparent Program, one of 319 such federally funded programs across the nation. Foster grandparents volunteer between 15 and 40 hours per week and are assigned specific students to work with. Each volunteer is given goals to work on and will stay with the same students throughout the school year. If a volunteer decides to come back for another year they have the option to remain working with the same teacher, as they develop great relationships with the staff at the volunteer sites. A volunteer can typically expect to work on math or reading skills, behavioral mentoring, and homework.

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