Youth Education & Mentoring Programs (YEM)

Our Youth Education Mentoring (YEM) programs connect committed Dartmouth students with local school-aged youth.

The Dartmouth Center for Social Impact offers six different opportunities for students to partner with schools and community organizations and create holistic approaches to youth growth, development, and learning: America Reads, DREAM, Growing Change, OLE, SEAD, and SIBS.

If you have questions about any of our YEM programs, contact our Program Coordinator for Educational Access and Equity, Cristina Carpentier.

America Reads

America Reads employs Dartmouth students in the Federal Work-Study Program as in-school tutors and after-school program aides in the Rivendell, Hartford, and Lebanon school districts, providing intensive reading assistance to K-3 students. Tutors may work individually or with small groups of children each week. Through regular reading sessions and creative activities, tutors work to instill a love reading in children and to equip them with the tools to succeed academically.

Contact America Reads

Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring (DREAM)

Directing through recreation, education, adventure, and mentoring (DREAM) aims to close the opportunity gap for youth living in low-income housing communities in Vermont by providing programming and mentorship. Mentors and mentees meet on Dartmouth's campus to build community through shared activities, both in groups and one-on-one. Mentors also work in the broader Upper Valley community and with their mentees' families, hosting neighborhood dinners and planning special trips.

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Growing Change

Growing Change is a farm-to-school program that connects Dartmouth Volunteers with the Upper Valley’s vibrant agricultural community. Volunteers work with youth from the Dothan Brook School (DBS), either developing and facilitating science curriculum for first and second graders or planning activities for their afterschool program. Local youth learn about topics including food systems, life cycles, and nutrition through experiential learning in the classroom and DBS’s garden.

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Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE)

The Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE) is a group mentoring program that works with fifth through twelfth graders from Canaan, NH. OLE Leaders mentor groups of kids once a week through after school activities aimed at teaching leadership and outdoor skills. These dynamic activities foster independence, leadership, teamwork, and appreciation of nature. They can include things like hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing. Each year is punctuated by an overnight camping trip that allows the mentees to put their learned skills to use.

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Strengthening Educational Access with Dartmouth (SEAD)

Strengthening Educational Access with Dartmouth (SEAD) empowers promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to thrive in high school and college. Founded at Dartmouth in 2001, the program provides Dartmouth students with transformative opportunities for service and leadership. Learn more about SEAD

Contact SEAD


SIBS is a one-on-one mentoring program that pairs Dartmouth students with kids ages 6-13, that attend one of our partnering elementary schools. Mentees are recommended by their School Counselors as students that would benefit from having a consistent mentor in their lives. Pairs develop relationships by regularly spending time together participating in various activities around the Upper Valley.

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