Mentoring programs can change lives – Here’s how to join

Big Brothers Big Sisters CharlotteQcitymetro.com, a popular local online news, business and culture platform, just published this opinion piece about the power of mentoring to change lives. We hope you will find this useful and inspiring. – UCP

Impact through mentorship

Each January, there’s a renewed focus on mentoring as it’s National Mentoring Month. Countless research confirms what we know about the positive impact mentorship has on the academic and personal lives of youth.

Looking for local mentoring organizations? Here’s a list worth considering.

Seasonal fun at our nature preserve and rec center

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve trail

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Mallard Creek Recreation Center will offer several entertaining and educational activities throughout December for our children and families.

Among the programs are ornament making, winter crafts and hikes at Reedy Creek; How to Catch and Elf (and maybe meet Santa!) at Mallard Creek; and daylong programs for children 6-11 while school is out at Mallard Creek.

Many events are free; some require you to register. Some require parents to accompany children. Read on for details and registration links.

Don’t delay! Many programs fill up quickly! (more…)

Ready to give? Here are ways to help our kids

North Star Reading PartnersThis time of year inspires many of us to think beyond our own needs and to seek ways to help our neighbors and community. If that describes you, here are ways you can help our children succeed in math and reading. Each program has locations in University City.

North Star Reading Partners – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools invites you to share valuable one-on-one one time reading with a child. One child. One hour. Once a week. Details

Heart Math Tutoring – Help elementary students catch up. You can make a difference by donating as little as 30 minutes per week. Details

Y Readers – This YMCA program at branches throughout Charlotte helps children in grades K-3 through before/after school and summer programs. Details

 

Free program offers tips on helping your kids to enjoy reading

Active ReadingWould you like tips on how to get your kids excited about reading?

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can help with its free monthly Active Reading Workshops for you AND your children.

You’ll learn how to share picture books in a way that gets your child  talking and thinking about the pictures, words, and ideas in the book. A free dinner is included!

The next two-evening program in University City is  Dec. 4 and 11 at Northside Christian Academy. (more…)

Dassault Systemes, UNC Charlotte help teens sample STEM careers

Students tour UNC Charlotte's Motorsports Lab

Students tour UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Lab

Nearly 175 teens from Vance High and nine other Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county schools recently explored high-tech careers with help from the University City office of Dassault Systemes, the staff of the UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building and businesses based there.

The event was organized by Dassault Systemes as part of the annual National Manufacturing Day.

Held on Sept. 18 in the University’s PORTAL Building, the event helped students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math learn about the many career possibilities involving software technology. (more…)

Your Addition Makes a Difference – Volunteers Needed

Heart Math TutoringHeart Math Tutoring (“Heart Tutoring”) is recruiting volunteers to help elementary students catch up. In 2019/20, the program will support 1,150 students who are economically disadvantaged and have been nominated by their schools.

With tutoring starting the week of September 30th, Volunteers are still needed for the final 200 students on the list. It only takes 30 minutes a week to serve as a volunteer tutor and make a lasting impact, the group says.

Heart Tutoring provides training, volunteer-friendly lesson plans, and on-site staff support. Most importantly, students build skills and confidence: 98% have met program goals set by UNC Charlotte and CMS.

The program is easy for volunteers and effective for students!

Learn more and get involved

College and Career Fair Sept. 14 at University City Library

Colllege and Career FairThe University City Regional Library will hold a College and Career Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm. Representatives from 16 colleges and trade schools plus three branches of the military will be present to talk with teens, preteens and family members.

The fair will help bring awareness about college and other post-high school learning opportunities. Along with school representatives, several financial-aid experts will attend the fair and talk about ways to pay for school.

The library will have other activities related to the college fair for adults and children throughout the day.

University City Regional Library is at 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Directions.

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Kids Eat Free this summer at Atrium Health University City

Kids Eat Free at Atrium Health University CityDo you or someone you know need help this summer feeding children while school is out?

Our hospital, Atrium Health University City, will serve free breakfasts and lunches for all kids ages 18 and younger, every weekday from June 10 to Aug. 23.

The free meals are provided through the federal Summer Food Service Program to ensure that all children, regardless of income, have good nutrition throughout the summer months when school is not in session.

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Governors’ Village STEM Academy gaining an outdoor learning lab

Duke Energy volunteers

Duke Energy volunteers creating an outdoor learning lab at Walter G. Byers Elementary School

The Governors’ Village STEM Academy in University Research Park will soon have an extensive outdoor learning lab thanks to Duke Energy and the nonprofit group Out Teach.

On May 10, scores of Duke Energy volunteers will come to the school campus to erect the lab, including a shade structure with seating, decorative and raised-bed vegetable gardens and other learning centers. Duke Energy also will provide funds for the new center.

In 2018, Duke Energy and its volunteers helped create a similar Out Teach learning lab at at Walter G. Byers Elementary School.

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Meeting on April 25 for new university-run school

Cato College of EducationNiner University Elementary, a new school to be operated by UNC Charlotte, will hold a parent information session tonight, April 25, from 6-7 at Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road.

Opening in August in University Research Park, the free public school will offer a curriculum created by Cato College of Education faculty.

Niner University Elementary will open with 150 students in grades K-2 and over the next three years grow to offer grades K-5. The school will be located in a renovated and secured wing of James Martin Middle School, at 6301 University Pointe Blvd.

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