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.

America Reads

America Reads allows Dartmouth students in the Federal Work-Study Program to be employed 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.

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

Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring (DREAM) was founded in 1999 by Dartmouth students seeking to form long-term, one-on-one relationships with children living in low-income housing communities in White River Junction, Wilder, and Windsor, VT. 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' parents, hosting neighborhood dinners, holding homework help sessions, planning special trips, and visiting mentees at home.

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Growing Change

Growing Change connects Dartmouth volunteers with the vibrant local agricultural community and builds on strong farm-to-school networks to teach youth about food systems and healthy eating. Volunteers work in classrooms at the Dothan Brook School and help students maintain a garden throughout the year. Volunteers also work with area farms and gleaning programs to increase access to fresh produce among under-resourced communities.

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Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE)

The Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE), founded by Dartmouth students in 1999, is a group mentoring program that works with fifth through twelfth graders in Canaan, NH. OLE aims to foster independence, leadership, teamwork, and appreciation of nature through leadership and group-based challenges in an outdoor setting. Mentors challenge mentees to develop through activities like canoeing, rock-climbing, and hiking. The program educates participants in the basics of canoeing, water safety, leave-no-trace wilderness ethics, and group work skills.

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Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD)

Summer Enrichment at 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 how to get involved in SEAD.

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SIBS pairs Dartmouth students in one-on-one friendships with children aged 6-13 who come from a variety of family and social situations. SIBS pairs enjoy time together each week and can look forward to termly events that bring together the entire SIBS community for group activities like bowling, rollerblading, amusement park visits, and more. Connections, a sub-program within SIBS, matches Dartmouth students with individuals aged 8-21 with developmental and emotional disabilities.

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