The Friendship Connection
Our one-on-one mentoring program, The Friendship Connection, allows an adult to get to know a particular child and to establish a meaningful, long-term relationship. Over the course of one or more years, caring adult mentors help youth to build communication and relationship skills, to pursue personal , academic and career goals, and to build up confidence, love and respect for themselves and others.
Adults and youth make a minimum one-year commitment to the relationship. The expectation is that Friendship Connection mentors will spend at least 5 hours per month with their same-gender mentee, engaging them in fun, educational and healthy activities.
Our youth members who are currently matched with a Friend tell us they treasure these friendships. Currently about 30% of the youth in our program are on the waiting list for a mentor.
Adults who wish to become a one-on-one mentor must undergo a background check and attend a volunteer orientation for the Friendship Connection program, currently offered once a month. Please consult our program calendar to find the next Friendship Connection (FC) orientation date.
If you would like to get the process going, Register To Volunteer.
To learn more about how to get involved in Kids Club After School and/or The Friendship Connection, contact our Volunteer Manager, Brad McKinley
Michelle Rice has been a faithful volunteer with East Atlanta Kids Club since she moved to Atlanta in fall 2005. For the past 5 years,
Michelle has dedicated countless gifts of time and resources to EAKC’s afterschool programs and events. She has also worked as a copy editor for CNN.com since moving to the city.