Extended Family is currently seeking adult volunteers to work with Our Kids in Extended Family for Kids (EFK) and Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) groups!  Volunteers assist in two important ways:  EFK volunteers work with staff Program Leaders to lead groups in schools and juvenile diversion programs for students who have a loved one who is currently, or has been, incarcerated; ELA volunteers provide talks based on their personal work or life experiences to share their wisdom with older students who are preparing for their futures.  Either way, volunteers have the opportunity to positively influence at-risk children who are looking for guidance from a caring adult.  With a little time and a willingness to help, that adult could be YOU!

EFK and ELA groups meet during the school day, typically one 45-minute program per week.  Volunteers choose the program time and location that best suits their personal schedule and the age students with whom they want to work.  A time commitment of as little as two hours per week could make an incredible difference in the life of a child!

If you are interested in volunteering for an Extended Family program, please email Program Coordinator Kathy Faircloth, kathy@extendedfamilyhelp.org.  Programs are going on now and the need for Program Leader assistants and ELA speakers is immediate!

If you are interested in bringing EFK into your community, we are happy to help!  Extended Family staff members will come to your community to answer questions and help plan a Program Leader Training, providing all of the information you need to begin EFK for children in your area.  Children who participate in EFK learn lessons that build self-esteem, ease feelings of shame, ease isolation, decrease stress, address anger issues, and strengthen communication skills.  And, most importantly, Our Kids in EFK are given the message, “You matter!”

For more information on bringing EFK Program Leader Training into your community, contact laure@extendedfamilyhelp.org.  Together, we are changing lives, one child at a time.

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