"I was able to witness how passionate many of our mentors were, not only toward the subject they were teaching, but also toward their students. For many of the classrooms I visited, the mentor would grow to become more than just a tutor for the mentors -- the mentor was their friend...On my last day, about five girls came up and hugged me and thanked me for working with them. I think being able to establish such relationships with students makes our mentoring experience all the more rewarding."
- Angela, Former President and mentor at John F. Kennedy High School
13 LOCATIONS Served
302 student mentors
8445+ Total service hours
Combined Impact from 2016-2019...
"I chose to return this year as a mentor and I chose to volunteer my time because I find joy and admiration in the students’ pursuit towards education and improvement. I learn from their dedication and perseverance, especially those that grow significantly as students throughout the short three weeks. I find their journey inspiring, especially since all the students have different backgrounds and a different story to tell."
- Teresa, Director of Media and mentor at Justice High School, Patrick Henry Family Shelter, and Willston Community Center
"All in all, my time at BranchOut! has been an incredible experience. When the students received their final grades on the last day of the summer school program, and it was so rewarding when they came up to me with beaming faces and thanked me for helping them reach their goals—whether it was getting an A or simply finally passing the class."
- Michelle, Chief Technology Officer and mentor at Northwood High School
"We were so happy to have [BranchOut!] and really glad that you were able to work it out to send a team... It was clear to me that your program benefited our kids in so many ways. The type of activities and attention you all offered is just the type of thing our kids in shelter need."
- Mary Hamilton, Community Coordinator at Patrick Henry Family Shelter
"Mentoring at Patrick Henry has been an experience like nothing else. I have grown as a mentor and established many friendships with both the mentors and mentees."
- Emily, Mentor at Patrick Henry Family Shelter
"I saw myself becoming more confident and outgoing, and I never felt afraid of talking to others during the session, even when it came to telling them to follow the rules...I felt like I greatly matured this year, as becoming stronger in leadership abilities also meant improving in confidence and responsibility."
- Katie, Mentor at Willston Community Center
"For me, seeing the kids having fun and enjoying our curriculum is truly what makes BranchOut! a remarkable program."
- Songhan, Team Leader and mentor at Willston Community Center and Patrick Henry Homeless Shelter