STUDY BUDDY Program
STUDY BUDDY Applications:
SPRING 2023 STUDY BUDDY APPLICATIONS will be available in late February.
We hope you will join the 2023 STUDY BUDDY Program for one hour, one day a week, to mentor/tutor an elementary school student.
If you have any questions, please text or call Diane Grace, Program Director at (858) 703-7277
What is the STUDY BUDDY Program?
The STUDY BUDDY program is sponsored by San Dieguito Alliance, the Cardiff, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach Elementary School Districts, the San Dieguito Union High School District and their PTA/PTOs. STUDY BUDDY is a community service opportunity for teens to tutor and friendship an elementary school student for one hour after school each week, during Spring and Fall semesters, at elementary school campuses.
The success of the program lies in the unique partnering and mentoring that takes place between the high school student and the younger child. Elementary school students are referred to the program by their teachers who identify those pupils who can benefit academically, socially or emotionally from "mentoring." The friendship bond that develops can be particularly rewarding for children and the teens.
High school students are recruited at their schools and sent to one of 22 school sites. As part of the application process, high school students must sign a pledge that they are "alcohol, tobacco and drug free" before being accepted as mentors into the volunteer program. Each school site determines the breadth, scope and frequency of the program, after assessing its priorities, academic challenges and school population. Usually 18 pairs of mentors and pupils meet on weekday afternoons for 40 minutes of STUDY time and 20 minutes of BUDDY time.
Each school site's program is supervised by two adult coordinators, who coordinate the teacher referrals, the parent permission letters, and create the teen and elementary school student STUDY BUDDY team.