The Promise Partnership is working to ensure that Utah students are ready for a lifetime of learning. In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, we’ve built Stay Safe, Stay Connected for families who have experienced the most disconnect from school since the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the help of dozens of community members and organizations, we are committed to helping Utah families support their children’s learning.
The past year looked incredibly different for students throughout Salt Lake County, whether they were in the classroom or learning from home. More students than ever are participating in summer school and summer programs to get back on track. Stay Safe, Stay Connected helps kids find summer programs and distance learning opportunities so they’re on par with their classmates, no matter what their post-pandemic summer looks like. Utah 211 can help parents get connected with:
• Academic programs to best suit their child's needs
• Referrals for organizations that help with rent assistance, food, mental health support, and more
We can't ensure that Utah students are thriving in school without your help. Get involved with Stay Safe, Stay Connected.
Volunteers of America
Amplifying Youth Connections through Mentoring
Join the Volunteers of America as a mentor for their community-based youth mentoring program to help youth experiencing a variety of risk factors. Mentors and youth do activities such as hiking, visiting museums, learning a new skill together, joining a rec league, etc.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week for 9 months
Qualifications: Must be 21+ years of age and pass a background check
Location: Salt Lake County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
Big Brothers Big Sisters needs dozens of adults to mentor kids of all ages from the community, providing them with an additional role model. The volunteer "Big" and youth "Little" meet together 2-4 times monthly for at least one year to spend quality one-on-one time with one another. Matches decide where they will meet and what they will do with guidance and ideas from BBBSU staff along the way.
Time Commitment: 2-3 times a month for 1 year
Summer Boost Summer School Volunteers
Help students get back on track during "Summer Boost." Volunteers will support the on-site teaching staff in greeting students, helping with breakfast, doing administrative tasks like copying, helping distribute lunch, and getting students back on buses to go home
Time Commitment: Opportunities available Monday - Thursday, July 7-24th, with breakfast at 8:30 am, programing from 9:00-noon. Volunteers have the option to pick 1 or 3 shifts in a day.
Cottonwood High School
Summer Credit Recover Math Tutoring
About 20% of students at Cottonwood High School have fallen behind this school year, many due to the continued impacts of COVID-19. Over the summer 120 students will be working to complete packets to make up any credits they missed during the school year. Sign up to volunteer as a math tutor and support incoming 10th-12th graders complete their CORE math standards and stay on track for graduation.
Time Commitment: One shift a week, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Program runs June 7-July 15.
Qualifications: Background check and 30-minute training required. Tutoring takes place in person.
Guadalupe School is expanding its summer program to serve twice as many students as before, with the goal of enrolling 200 students who need extra academic support in the program. Sign up as a reading tutor to help provide targeted one-on-one literacy support for students.
Time Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to two days a week. 9:00 am through 11:30 am for a morning shift & 12:30 pm through 2:30 pm for an afternoon shift
Qualifications: Background check and training required.
Utah 211 maintains an online database of more than 10,000 statewide resource and service providers in both nonprofit and government sectors, which helps them provide callers with expert referrals to rent and utility assistance, healthcare, food and meals, income support, and much more. Type in your need and zip code to find resources in your area.