Spotlight on the Foster Grandparent Program

 

The Foster Grandparent Program Palm Beach/Treasure Coast volunteers can be credited with impacting the school readiness and school success of the children they serve in Palm Beach, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Indian River county schools and Head Starts.

During the 2015-2016 school year the program reached over 500 students in Pre-K through 3rd grade. All of the students who successfully completed the program as evidenced by end of the year survey and student competency reports revealed 100% satisfaction among teachers who received assistance from 156 volunteer Foster Grandparents.

More importantly the bond that is formed between the Foster Grandparent and their mentee is crucial. If you can get the children to believe in their goals by showing them real-world success stories of adults who came from the same circumstances the students did and who achieved their goals, then you have a very rewarding accomplishment.

Induck Kim is a prime example of the selfless giving and remarkable commitment shown by the Foster Grandparents. She volunteers in a kindergarten class at Roosevelt Elementary in Riviera Beach, Florida. Induck puts in her daily hours of mentoring and tutoring and then heads to her chemotherapy. Each day is difficult but she prides herself on her commitment to the children she serves.

Roosevelt Elementary had their Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony on June 4, 2014. While the traditional Pomp and Circumstance generated throughout the cafeteria the Kindergarteners proudly took the stage in all of their Sunday finery.  After receiving their individual awards and certificates of completion the students respectfully returned to their assigned seats. A surprise cello solo, performed by Foster Grandparent Induck Kim, was passionately played.  The students, staff and parents were in awe as Ms. Kim played America the Beautiful.

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Miller stated, “Grandma Kim is an inspirational role model to my class. We love and respect her.”

 

Follow link to experience Inducks’ performance at Roosevelt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nqN0EhlrNM

 

Foster Grandparents affirm, challenge and encourage their mentees and in turn the mentees work harder and have a more positive outlook filled with hope.

Research has shown that participation in a quality early childhood education mentoring experience provides children with social, emotional, and cognitive skills that continue to develop throughout their lives.

By providing a nurturing and supportive mentoring relationship the Foster Grandparent Program creates a strong basis for early intervention while laying a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and prosperity.

 

If you are interested in volunteering as a Foster Grandparent, please "Click Here" for more information or contact Sara Humphries by email SHumphries@YourADRC.org or phone (561) 684-5885 ext. 59236.

 

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