Say hello to our newest staff member, Jordan Mains. Jordan will be our new quarter-time IDPH AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate. He grew up in Algona, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a second major in Psychology. Jordan is excited to be a part of the Everybody Wins! Iowa team because it’s a great way to help youth and give back to the community. Welcome aboard, Jordan!
Our Mentor of the Month for June is Morris Hutchins
Morris is a mentor at Monroe Elementary and McKinley Elementary.
Morris started mentoring with us in the summer of 2015 and continued his mentoring throughout the school year. This summer Morris has continued his involvement with not just one, but two summer programs. “His dedication to our program shows in how quickly he bonds with his students. The laughter that comes from their tables, even after one meeting, is infectious,” says Macy McKendree, Program Manager.
Morris shared with us why he enjoys being a mentor:
“I enjoy reading with the Everybody Wins Iowa program because the experience with the kids, the experience being a mentor, and being able to help the community a little more. I enjoy kids’ stories and their experiences and seeing what they learn from us, the mentors. It’s a great experience, and I love it. I’ve been doing it about a year now and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m glad to be involved with the community and the schools within Des Moines and for this opportunity.”
Thank you for your dedication
to our students and program, Morris!
Are you looking for a way to continue to make a difference in the lives of students in your community this summer? Our summer programs get under way in June so we can help kids stay enthusiastic about reading during summer vacation. And this year we have expanded to eight programs to better serve more students!
Our school year programs are wrapping up this week (with the exception of Downtown School and CFUM Breakfast). While it’s sad that another year is ending, we have had a lot of fun with our year-end celebrations! We have had book giveaways and treats for our awesome students, and can’t wait to see them next year!
If you are interested in mentoring over the summer, we have eight programs that still need volunteers! Just email email@example.com for more information.
During this 24-hour crowdfunding event we are challenging Des Moines residents to join forces, celebrate the spirit of giving, and inspire everyone to give to the nonprofit organizations that make our city stronger and create a thriving community.
We will be joining thousands of nonprofits nationwide to raise money for local causes.
This year, the Principal Charity Classic has partnered with Give Local Des Moines to ensure that any Birdies for Charity organizations that participate in the local day of giving on May 3rd are eligible to receive matching funds (10%) on the donations they receive that day.
The link is here, thank you for your support!
Your donation goes a long way in helping us getting students excited about reading. The money raised will be used to help us expand our programs and help more students in our community!