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"Of all holy works, the education of children is most holy." -St. Theophan, the Recluse
YOUTH LEADERS, WE NEED YOU!
A special message from Trish Doyle, mother of Kalen Doyle – 2015 Youth Leader of the Year
July 1 – 31 2021
SUMMER YOUTH LEADERS, WE NEED YOU!
VMSRA is a leadership development program for Youth ages 15 through 20.
We especially encourage former VMSRA/MRH students to become Youth Leaders.
May 3, 2021 – A special message from Trish Doyle, mother of Kalen Doyle, VMSRA2015 Youth Leader of the Year: ” My daughter Kalen Doyle volunteered with the VM Summer Reading Academy and was awarded the scholarship for [VMSRA2015]. Kalen went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and got a degree in History and Asian Studies with a minor in Chinese. After graduating, she joined City Year Americorps and taught in both Sacramento and Memphis. She will graduate with her Masters of Education in two weeks through the Memphis Teacher Residency and Union University.
Kalen is contracted to work with at risk students in an inner city Memphis school for the next three years. I wanted you to know, because deep down I think she was inspired by volunteering with you. She said she didn’t want to teach when she was in college, but now feels like it’s her calling. Thank you for guiding her path.”
WHAT DO WE DO?
During the month of July, the Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) teaches elementary aged refugee and immigrant children basic English phonics, reading and writing with lots of fun included. Our Youth Leaders are vital to Summer Academy’s spirited success. VMSA 2021 will be remote only this summer.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Youth Leader positions include:
HOW DO I TUTOR ONLINE?
Tutors commit to a minimum of 10 hours of tutoring per week plus lesson planning time.
You must be comfortable contacting the student’s family to arrange tutoring times and sending reminders. Tutoring responsibilities include both helping to develop reading skills and letting our leadership team know if you sense a child is experiencing learning or emotional difficulties. You will also conduct welfare checks on your students and their family, referring needs to your coordinator for exercise, food, health, rental assistance.
WHO ARE WE?
We have been chosen to participate because we are:
You must commit to at least 10 hours per week during the month of July 2021 and complete online training during the month of June 2021
Please let us know if you would like to be considered for letters of commendation or social service credit so we can put you in touch with our Youth Coordinator.
View this informative video for VMSRA Youth Leaders, prepared by SMUs Lisa Olsen and Dr. Jillian Conry: https://youtu.be/dTWlkYCV8Mo
At the end of each summer’s VMSRA, one or more extraordinary Youth Leaders each calendar year will be selected by a panel of judges to receive the VMSRA Founders Youth Leader of the Year Award, along with a $500 scholarship to further their education.
VMSRA/MRH Honor Roll of Youth Leaders of the Year
With hard work, your name could be added to this impressive list!
During in-person VMSRA summer service, this informative video for VMSRA Youth Leaders will guide you in further understanding. This video was prepared by SMUs Lisa Olsen and Dr. Jillian Conry: https://youtu.be/dTWlkYCV8M