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Children & Youth After School

Programs in which Eastern students have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the education and well-being of local youth ages 4 to 18 after school. All volunteers going to off-campus sites are required by community partners to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fall, 2021

We are currently planning to have in-person volunteer programs at all elementary schools in Windham as well as at Windham Middle School. If circumstances change as a result of the pandemic, we will switch to virtual program offerings. Check with Center for Community Engagement staff for updates.

Windham Public Schools provides after school programs to all of its five elementary schools. CCE staff and student leaders develop activities for volunteers to facilitate at each site. Volunteers may assist with homework, read interactively to promote literacy, lead physical activities to promote physical health, and engage the children in a variety of other enrichment activities.

  • Charles H. Barrows STEM Magnet School
  • Natchaug Elementary School
  • North Windham Elementary School
  • Sweeney Elementary School
  • Windham Center Elementary School

Windham Middle School After School Program

Windham Middle School volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring assistance, and assist with homework, arts & crafts, special events and sports.

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program operated under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed, thrive and reach their fullest potential in life. Volunteers will work with Windham Middle School students on developing a positive self-image and being able to draw upon that image to support themselves in all situations.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do, not to mention one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. For the 2021-22 academic year, the Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sister program will be providing a virtual experience. Please keep in mind if you register for the program, you must be available during the times that are provided. There will be no in person meeting or training, the entire program will be virtual.

Elementary School Video Recordings

Eastern students will work with their student leader to create, record and upload educational engagement videos to You Tube. The target audience is elementary students. Do you have a talent or an interest that you would like to share with kids? Are you creative? This is a great opportunity for pre-education majors and others who like to work with kids to create a lasting project that will benefit children and can also be used for your portfolio, but it is open to all students.

Journey House

Fall, 2021: This program is tentative based on COVID-19 restrictions. Check with Center for Community Engagement staff for updates.

Journey House at Natchaug Hospital is the primary provider of a regional system care for adolescent females with behavioral challenges, substance abuse problems and young women who are enrolled under the Connection Probation Program. Eastern volunteers (females and males) provide innovative activities for the high school females residing in the facility. Transportation by ECSU is required for this location. No personal cars are permitted for security purposes.

Click HERE to register for all volunteering opportunities.