Welcome to PLU Parkland Education Initiative

Project Initiative Overview

Parkland Education Initiative

The Parkland Education Initiative (PEI) exists to connect local K-8 youth with college students through meaningful relationships and learning. PEI seeks to promote a college going culture among K-8 participants through academic and social enrichment. College student mentors and tutors will develop skills, knowledge and values that lead to stronger communities.

Over 200 PLU students tutor and mentor with four local elementary schools and one middle school before, during, and after school.  Though 7 different programs, we strive to enhance the college-going culture and help kids to thrive academically and socially in their respective schools.

America Reads

Pacific Lutheran University America Reads is a program aimed at improving childhood literacy. PLU students work in five area elementary schools as part of the schools’ reading programs.  This is a paid position though the federal work study.

Contact Info: lemmontm@plu.edu

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Contact Info: lemmontm@plu.edu

Big Buddies

Big Buddies is an after school program that matches PLU students with a student from James Sales Elementary. The PLU mentors meet with their “Little Buddies” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the school to do homework and play games in a supportive team environment.
The Big Buddies program at James Sales Elementary in Tacoma, Washington is sponsored and managed by the Center for Community Engagement and Service at Pacific Lutheran University in partnership with James Sales Elementary.  This is a paid position though the federal work study.

Contact Info: lemmontm@plu.edu

Club Keithley

Club Keithley is a club that’s mission is to connect the PLU community with the Parkland community. We serve at Keithley Middle School through classroom volunteering, mentoring, before and after school programs. Members of Club Keithley help out in classrooms or mentor students, once to twice a week depending on their availability. As we look to grow the club we will be adding monthly service projects that are open to all volunteers. Ultimately, our goal is to serve in the community around us and build lasting relationships with the local schools and other Parkland organizations.

Diplomas Now is a part of Club Keithley that is based on a national program.  The program is designed to improving school attendance by providing students with key resources and healthy relationships.  The program works with students who have frequent absences and could benefit from additional resources or a trained mentor.

Volunteering your time at Keithley Middle School is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself, gain real world experience, and build important relationships.  Your service is vitally important for the students at Keithley as well. The relationship you build could have a powerful and lasting influence on the lives of kids.  You may be the reason they come to school and the reason they eventually graduate.  Note: This is a volunteer opportunity.

Contact Info: clubkms@plu.edu

Parkland Education Project

Pacific Lutheran University, Franklin Pierce School District (FPSD), and Washington Campus Compact are proud to introduce the Parkland Education Project (PEP), a tutoring and mentoring program designed to connect local fifth graders with college students.  PEP is modeled after Compass to Campus, an initiative of Western Washington University. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 50 PLU students enrolled in Education 205: Multicultural Issues in the Classroom will commit a minimum of 30 hours per semester to in-school tutoring and mentoring at three local elementary schools, located in close proximity to the PLU campus. With a 5:1 ratio, 250 student protégés will receive instructional support and mentoring and take a field trip to the PLU campus where they will participate in developmentally appropriate college preparation classes, take a campus tour and eat lunch with students from across the campus. Mentors will also play a role as students prepare for transition to Keithley Middle School, where PLU’s Club Keithley provides additional academic and social support.  Note: This is a volunteer opportunity.

Contact Info: zylstrjd@plu.edu