When a child faces the types of challenges that our Dreamers encounter every day – poverty, hunger, incarceration and immigration issues, just to name a few – life can be daunting. So offering responsible, dedicated individuals to help them both in and out of school is a priceless contribution. If you can commit to being a role model our Dreamers, CIHAD needs your help as a mentor or tutor.
What is a CIHAD tutor?
A CIHAD tutor works with Dreamers after school. While younger Dreamers will have a structured, group-oriented, after-school program, older Dreamers require more one-on-one help. The role of the tutor is to assist the Dreamer with homework, provide positive reinforcement and serve as a role model. All volunteers are trained and receive ongoing support from CIHAD. Tutors commit to at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of one school semester.
What is a CIHAD mentor?
A CIHAD mentor is a positive, adult role model who meets one-on-one with the same Dreamer for an extended period of time providing guidance, support and encouragement. Under the supervision of a program director, the mentor-Dreamer relationship begins with an initial pairing at either the student’s home or a location in his/her community. The program director, mentor and Dreamer will review and evaluate the relationship on an on-going basis.
Responsibilities of a mentor:
Establish a relationship with the Dreamer for one year
Spend eight to 12 hours a month with the Dreamer
Be a positive role model!
Plan and schedule age-appropriate activities
Provide the Dreamer with exposure to professional work situations
Goals of a mentor:
Keep Dreamers in school
Help Dreamers progress academically
Expand Dreamers’ horizons through exposure to new experiences
For more information on volunteering with CIHAD, please call us at 303.861.5005 or fill out this form and someone will get in touch with you.
Once you've completed the online form you will also need to download and complete the Volunteer Application and the Background Check Form. When these are complete you may either email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to CIHAD at:
Colorado "I Have a Dream"® Foundation
1836 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203