Project Friendship focuses on building self esteem and self worth in children in grades 2-7. We match these children with student mentors from Carleton College and St. Olaf College. Mentoring relationships benefit children that may be struggling with stress from their family, are new to the community, or may simply have trouble making friends at school. Most relationships last for two or more years.

College students, who want to make a difference in the lives of children, volunteer to share one hour per week doing fun activities with their “buddy”. The student and child establish a consistent weekly meeting time, usually on the college campus and participate in informal activities, either individually or in groups.┬áTheir activities are most often informal and determined by interests, time, and energy. Group activities are also a part of Project Friendship, including seasonal group parties and activities. Most importantly, individual attention and unconditional acceptance are the corner stones of this program.

We recently had a successful 50th anniversary celebration on May 7th! If anybody is interested in getting involved, check out projectfriendshipmentoring.org.