Toni was concerned about how bored the boys in her class seemed. She believes that kids with strong relationships, particularly when connected to a broad concept of learning, will find learning way more interesting. So she decided to tackle the disengagement problem head on with a program that connects disengaged boys with high school students, teachers, and male community members.
“I love to see boys who think they can’t be successful in a school context find success and have fun while they’re doing it. I love seeing the enthusiasm in hard to motivate boys when they find out about a new program starting up (and that they actually STAY BEHIND after school!)”
The Simple Solution:
1. Choose about six boys who could do with stronger relationships at school.
2. Find some passionate, interesting volunteers who can help out. To make sure this wasn’t too much of a commitment, Toni asked each volunteer to run two sessions a week for two weeks, teaching something that the kids expressed interest in.
3. Email the volunteers a timetable. Toni made sure to leave a week or two break between each program to make sure none of the kids got burnout or bored.
4. Permission slips for everyone!
5. Drop in to a session of every program to make a big deal about what a legend the volunteer is.
6. Enthusiastically and excessively recognise every volunteer for their work. Toni says staff meetings are great for gratuitous promotion!
Like the Idea?
If you want to try out this program, Toni is cool with it, and has some practical tips and tricks for you. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Toni and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.