Opportunity to Make a Difference

Roseville Area Schools kicked off an initiative called Partners for the Future on November 15. This initiative provides community members with opportunities to connect with and support youth in the district.  After a welcome from Superintendent Aldo Sicoli, R.T. Rybak, CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation, and Peter Olson-Skog, Assistant Superintendent, explained the reasons for the need to make more intentional and effective connections with students. 

Opportunities for supporting youth are in three areas:

Becoming a Mentor: The mentoring program will provide a variety of ways in which trusted adult mentors can positively impact lives of students. Mentors will work with students from October through May providing mentoring support for 30 minutes to one hour three times per month.  To volunteer or get more information on mentoring, contact Jamey.johnson@isd623.org  or stacey.dahlstrom@isd623.org

Inspiring Young Readers: The reading program will give children the opportunity to read fluently by providing them with additional experiences in reading to adults. Reading volunteers will work with a child for 30 minutes once or twice per week October through May.  To volunteer or get more information on tutoring, contact Chris.bretz@isd623.org or kendra.tlusty@isd623.org

Creating Career Connections: Do you know an organization that is interested in hosting student interns or a job shadowing event? Do you know people who would share their career paths with students as they navigate their journey into the workforce?  To volunteer or get more information on this program, contact todd.olson@isd623.org 

Each opportunity will include training for volunteers and support events to make the experience the best it can be for both students and volunteers.  It’s not too late to volunteer to participate in any of these programs.