My name is Rachel Hong and I'm a student at City University of New York--Baruch College. I know that there are other volunteers who don't live in the Chicago area, but would like to extend hands to the students. I believe we can help the students' academic performance and personal growth through virtual means.
As I was researching for volunteer opportunities, I came across a group (which I forgot its name) that recruits young adults and adults to help improving the elementary students' reading skills. They would assign a book bi-monthly to both mentors and mentees. The mentors are mentees are asked to not just to read the books but also to think of discussion topics based on the assigned book to share with each other through emails. I think that's a great way to both expand their knowledge as well as getting to know each other. They don't have to see each other in person, but the book is the virtual bridge that will connect their hearts and souls.
What do you guys think of the idea? I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this!