Project MASCOT, a nonprofit student organization, is a mentoring program in which University of Florida students mentor elementary school children in Gainesville.
What they do: Project Mascot is a one-year program in which University of Florida students volunteer as mentors for underprivileged elementary school children. Volunteers commit to coming to the child’s school during the lunch hour once a week and commit to helping and motivating the student for 30 minutes. At the end of the spring semester, there is a trip to a Florida theme park that mentors and mentees attend together.
What YOU can do to help: Volunteer mentors are needed. You can volunteer if you meet the following requirements:
Be a University of Florida student
Have a 2.0 or higher GPA
Be a full-time student
Be in good disciplinary and academic standing
Be available one day a week during lunch time on a school day for one whole school year
Be able to commit to an entire day during the spring semester to attend a trip to a Florida theme park with mentee
Be able to attend a required orientation session at the beginning of the school year.
Be able to pay $100 dues to help pay for the end-of-the-year trip