The 2016-2017 school year is nearing it’s end, and with that, PAL is closing out all of our programs for the school year. Just this past week, our middle school mentoring programs had their final “End of Year Celebrations”; having each student sent off with a PAL shirt, award, and some dessert for the summer.
This past year we have had a phenomenal process of expansion within our Prospere Mentorship Program. PAL successfully grew from hosting our lunches at one middle school–to four throughout Clark County. The students chose to talk about fairly sensitive topics like; bullying, body image/ self-esteem, life-paths, and the role of police in everyday life. We had mentors that diligently provided their time each month to connect with our youth,and schools that provided us with students to teach and a space to host our program in.
With that being said, I just wanted to take the time to thank our four different middle schools; Covington, Discovery, Frontier, and Wy’East for allowing us to host our Prospere Program. All of the contacts from these schools have been very accommodating and truly care about the students we are working with. Food was provided by BurgerVille, Foode, Whole Foods, and Seize the Bagel every month without fail, and for that we are very thankful. Providing our students with a meal that is different from the norm is vital in our program (and quite honestly is one of the most exciting parts for our students).
I also wanted to give a big thank you to our mentors from OHSU, IQ Credit Union, Pacific Continental Bank, Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Nautilus, and both the Evergreen/ Vancouver Public School District Foundations.
We could not have run our Prospere Groups as efficiently as we did without all of your help.
PAL (and the majority of students involved in this program that I have talked to), are very excited to see what next year will bring.