A Note for MFS Experience Corps
EC is an intergenerational mentoring program aimed at helping students to meet the 3rd grade literacy benchmark, as well as bringing meaningful connections/opportunity to the older adults in our community. Many thanks to MFS EC Program Coordinators Nicole and Jessica!
Bob McKean, volunteer member of the Oregon Community Foundation's Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council, and a former MFS Board Chair presents MFS CEO Judy Strand with the OCF grant.
Funded through the OCF grant, and in partnership with North Clackamas School District, MFS will address the need for improving progress toward 3rd grade reading readiness among culturally diverse and/or English Language Learner children by providing early intervention for kindergarten - 3rd grade students through 1:1 academic mentoring. The project links two of MFS' culturally responsive programs - Ready, Set, Go (preparing students and parents for kindergarten) and Experience Corps (intergenerational mentoring.) Upon kindergarten entry, children will be matched with EC mentors who will follow mentees over 3 years.
Emily's MFS Story
The family’s only car had died months ago and getting it repaired wasn’t an option. Luckily, public transportation got her husband to work and her daughter was able to get a lift to school. But, the location of her new job was far away and not accessible by public transit. Buying a car seemed out of the question and Emily had given up hope that she’d be able to keep her new job and improve her family’s finances. With our guidance, she was able to secure a loan to purchase a reliable used car and maintain a better personal budgeting system. Emily was able to keep her new job--and have time to support their daughter’s interests.
Jordon's MFS Story
“At the time, I was homeless, my mom left and I was skipping school. We were always being evicted. I was failing school. MFS came into the picture at the most perfect time and jumped on every opportunity to help, and without that I would not be where I am today.”
Jordon now works for MFS helping other teens to get on track, and he plans to become a teacher.
Zach's MFS Story
It took most of her energy to work long hours at a low-paying job that barely kept food on the table and a decent roof overhead. She knew she wasn’t always the kind of parent her kids deserve. The kind of parent she wanted to be. With her head barely above water, Melissa found out about our community schools program and things began to change. Our team guided her and her boys toward opportunities that helped get them back on track. Not only did the kids get reenergized about learning and become more involved in activities, the school’s family support network hooked Melissa up with lots of other resources that made life a little easier. She’ll admit that raising two growing boys on her own is still hard work, but with MFS on her side there’s more hope on the horizon.
Cynthia's MFS Story
So much of her life had been tied up in her work in the insurance industry. Now retired, she was suddenly faced with a void. She’d checked out a bunch of volunteer opportunities, but nothing stuck until she connected with MFS. She loved the idea of working with kids in the classroom. She’s been at it for a couple of years now, and says that there really is life after retirement when you get involved with MFS.