What KEYS Members Do
Our members work hand-in-hand with teachers and after-school personnel to help the youth they serve with the completion of their homework and classwork.
Some of our school-based members are placed directly in a classroom where they assist teachers with groups of kids - giving additional support to the students. These members might follow the same group of students throughout the day or stay with the same teacher for all or part of the day working with different groups. Some members work one-on-one or in small groups with kids throughout the day. The kids will come to them during class or study halls for individual help.
Sometimes being a mentor is playing ball with a kid. Sometimes it's helping them learn to talk instead of fight. Sometimes it's helping them write a poem or paint a picture. Sometimes it's just being there to listen. If they know you care about them and they can depend on you, every moment with them will be mentoring.
Ask any kid what they don't like about their community and they'll have a list a mile long. Ask them what they're doing to make a difference and you'll be met with protests - "I'm just a kid! There's nothing I can do!"
Our members work with youth to help them find ways they can become active members of their communities by making positive changes. Projects might be as simple as collecting toys and books for a shelter or as complex as creating an urban garden or painting a mural. Each member works with their kids to find a project that works for what they have to offer.
The KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps® Program is sponsored by
the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service,