I strongly believe that young children need positive role models in their community. In my town, however, there is no way for students in elementary school to meet or personally connect with high school students, many of whom would be happy to spend time with the younger members of our community. Because it is so important for young children to have someone to look up to, I'm going to establish a mentoring program between high school and elementary school students, called ELEMENTORING.
For most high school students in town, life revolves around our own school and extra-curricular activities. By reaching out to the children of our community, high school students will be able to break out of their normal, self-centered routines. Facilitating the mentoring program will help high school kids understand the importance of being a positive role model and the value of giving back to the community. Elementary school students will have the chance
to interact with high school mentors, ultimately providing them with an older, responsible friend (who is not a parent or a teacher) with whom they can freely talk or ask for advice.