The Junior Auxiliary Mentors project, also referred to as “JAM,” is back for another year at HEARTS After School Tutoring Center.
Commonly regarded as a favorite project among members, the JAM project was established in 1996 and provides a child one-on-one time with an active or life member.
The main goal of the mentor is to build a relationship with the child and help provide an opportunity for academic success and positive life goals. Junior Auxiliary members tutor the students, do crafts, read and explore the science lab.
“HEARTS After School Tutoring Center is off to another great start serving the students of Lowndes County,” said Lisa Rooker, director of HEARTS After School Tutoring Center. “We are truly blessed to continue to coordinate with JA members and appreciate their dedication to our students.”
JA is sponsoring a Christmas party for the HEARTS children in December, complete with a hot chocolate bar, snacks, games and prizes. In February, the JA of Columbus Crown Club will sponsor a Valentine’s Day celebration for the children as well, giving local high school girls a chance to visit with the HEARTS students while providing an afternoon of fun and games.
“It’s been so great to see the relationship between HEARTS and Junior Auxiliary evolve over the years,” said Jaimie Beckham, public relations chair for JA of Columbus. “Our members love working with the kids and getting to know them. JAM is one of those special projects where you see the immediate impact you are having on a child. It’s transformative, not just for the children, but for our members as well.”
In addition to volunteering at HEARTS After School Tutoring Center, JA members will also visit with students at local schools throughout the academic year.
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