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Male Volunteers Needed for Elements Program to Mentor Youth

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

 

Perth County ̶ Public health work happens all across Perth County for people of all ages.  One program, called the Elements Program, is making a positive difference in the lives of male youth in Perth County.

 

The program runs in schools for Grade 5 and 6 male students one lunch hour a week for six weeks. Volunteers lead activities with small groups of students while also sharing their own life experiences. Topics include healthy friendships, problem solving, screen time, and more.

 

Want to volunteer and meet awesome kids? 

The Perth District Health Unit needs more men to volunteer in order to meet an increase in school requests for the Elements program. Sessions will be offered during the 2019/20 school year at schools in the following areas:

  • North Perth
  • Sebringville
  • Stratford

 

“It’s a great opportunity to positively relate to boys in a fun, respectful space and explore how to bounce back from life’s challenges,” says Karen Trussler, Public Health Nurse. “Our goal is to help kids feel valued and supported as they navigate life choices.”

 

Students benefit from the interaction with caring adults from the community, but the volunteers benefit too! Volunteers report that participating in the Elements program is a great way to connect with youth and meet new people.

 

The program is voluntary for students but parental permission is required for students under 12. It is encouraging to hear positive feedback from students, like the boy who told his leader: “I’m really glad my Mom signed me up for this program”.

 

Elements is operated by the Perth District Health Unit with financial support from On Stage Dance Studio.

 

Volunteers make it happen! 

If you are interested in this short-term volunteer opportunity, call the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Donna Bentz, at 519-271-7600 extension 305 or toll free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 305 or email at: dbentz@pdhu.on.ca.

 

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