Eighth grade service project: Grand County youth crying out for help
February 18, 2009
Imagine an 8-year-old whose parents were suddenly laid off from their jobs. He feels like his parents don’t love him and are too busy to care for him. He can’t stand to watch his parents as they guzzle alcohol and smoke to keep their minds of the real problem. He needs help, but who is willing to give it to him? All of his family lives far away and none of them know about his situation. What he needs is a positive adult role model, a mentor. Ten years ago, we had a mentoring program, but it seems to have vanished. Now, in these tough economic times, kids need this program more than ever.
For the eighth grade service project we chose to implement a new mentoring program in Grand County. We would like to reach out to kids who otherwise have no hope. We are trying to work with existing county agencies to give our program a boost. With this boost from experienced professionals, our county’s youth may have some hope. We have given a presentation in front of the board of education, are hanging up posters, creating politcal cartoons and writing letters to raise public awareness and curiosity.
If I was a young kid with a bad homelife, I would really be excited about this new opportunity. Although this program is not just for elementary schoolers, this program would also be available for middle schoolers and high schoolers who would like a tutor or just be a positive role model.
I feel strongly that this program will bring a new light to Grand County. The struggling youth in our county are crying out for the help they need. I hope this inspires you to reach out to create stronger, happier youth.
8th grader, EGMS