Our programs connect committed Dartmouth student volunteers with youth in the Upper Valley through responsible mentoring opportunities.
General questions about volunteerism or about any of these opportunities can be directed to Rachel Abendroth, the program manager for service.
America Reads allows Dartmouth students in the Federal Work-Study Program to be employed as in-school tutors and after-school program aides in the Rivendell, Hartford, and Lebanon school districts, providing intensive reading assistance to K-3 students. Tutors may work individually or with small groups of children each week. Through regular reading sessions and creative activities, tutors work to instill a love reading in children and to equip them with the tools to succeed academically.
DREAM was founded in 1999 by Dartmouth students seeking to form long-term, one-on-one relationships with children living in low-income housing communities in White River Junction, Wilder, and Windsor, VT. Mentors and mentees meet on Dartmouth's campus to build community through shared activities, both in groups and one-on-one. Mentors also work in the broader Upper Valley community and with their mentees' parents, hosting neighborhood dinners, holding homework help sessions, planning special trips, and visiting mentees at home.
Growing Change connects Dartmouth volunteers with the vibrant local agricultural community and builds on strong farm-to-school networks to teach youth about food systems and healthy eating. Volunteers work in classrooms at the Dothan Brook School and help students maintain a garden throughout the year. Volunteers also work with area farms and gleaning programs to increase access to fresh produce among under-resourced communities.
OLE, founded by Dartmouth students in 1999, is a group mentoring program that works with fifth through twelfth graders in Canaan, NH. OLE aims to foster independence, leadership, teamwork, and appreciation of nature through leadership and group-based challenges in an outdoor setting. Mentors challenge mentees to develop through activities like canoeing, rock-climbing, and hiking. The program educates participants in the basics of canoeing, water safety, leave-no-trace wilderness ethics, and group work skills.
SEAD empowers promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to thrive in high school and college. Founded at Dartmouth in 2001, the program provides Dartmouth students with transformative opportunities for service and leadership.
SIBS pairs Dartmouth students in one-on-one friendships with children aged 6-13 who come from a variety of family and social situations. Sib pairs enjoy time together each week and can look forward to termly events that bring together the entire SIBS community for group activities like bowling, rollerblading, amusement park visits, and more. Connections, a sub-program within SIBS, matches Dartmouth students with individuals aged 8-21 with developmental and emotional disabilities.
Last Updated: 4/20/16