Reaching Our Goals, or ROG, is a mentoring organization on campus. Our mentors work with Northfield area Latino youth who range from 6th to 8th grade, and our goal is to help our students achieve their personal and academic goals. During first and second semester, ROG meets every Tuesday from 6:15 to 8:00 pm. We drive the middle school students up to St. Olaf to meet with their St. Olaf mentor in the basement of Old Main. For each week, we alternate between homework sessions and fun sessions. During homework sessions, mentees work on homework assignments for the coming week while the mentors provide tutoring assistance. For fun weeks, mentors and mentees play card games, play soccer and frisbee (when weather permits!), visit the Pause or the Cage to buy some snacks, or just hang out and catch up with each other.

We also have a few parties each semester. For our last ROG night of first semester, we held a holiday party where the mentees and mentors frosted cookies, played games, ate cake, and watched Frozen. In other exciting news, we recently acquired funding to start a ROG library! We have been purchasing books that the kids want to read and we are creating a ROG library check-out system so the students can borrow books to read outside of ROG time.

As previously mentioned, ROG doesn’t meet over interim, but we will be starting up for second semester on February 17th. If you’re interested in getting involved, feel free to contact the directors at rd1415@stolaf.edu. We’d love to see some new mentors join us second semester!