Kaleidoscope is a mentorship program that aims to foster social and academic growth in at-risk elementary school students. The program matches Volunteers from Queen’s with a “Little Buddy” at one of seven elementary schools in Kingston, all of which are a short walk or bus ride from campus. Our Volunteers visit their Little Buddy for an hour each week during the school day, helping them with school work and doing fun activities like crafts, games, or playing in the gym! Kaleidoscope also runs several on-campus events throughout the year, including a Science Morning and Fun Fair, for all Big and Little Buddies to attend.
Kaleidoscope “Little Buddies” are nominated by their teachers, who have recognized these children as “at-risk.” This designation can mean any number of things – whether the child has a physical or intellectual disability, a difficult home life, problems with their peers, or is considered vulnerable for any other reason, these children are all in need of a positive role model and friend. Over the course of the year, our Volunteers get to see firsthand how big of a difference something as small as a one-hour weekly visit can make in a little person’s life. The goal of Kaleidoscope is ultimately to provide these children with the supportive relationships that they need to thrive.
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