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Second Mile searches for Friend volunteers

Second Mile Foundation is reaching out to Millersville students for help.

Are you a positive role model looking to help kids and make a difference in your community? If so, The Second Mile needs your help.

The Second Mile foundation is asking for Millersville University students to volunteer with its Friend Program. The Second Mile is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the youth of Pennsylvania.

Friends are college students who help mentor local children through a variety of healthy and educational activities.

Millersville students can help The Second Mile foundation by joining the Friend Program and attending each of the eight events and also by being paired as a mentor with a Young Friend.

Alyson Clark, a senior Psychology major has been participating in the second mile for two year, and enjoys the interaction with the student.

“It connects Millersille University with the community for a good cause,” Clark said.
The opportunity to work with Lancaster City kids she believes is a great experience, “These are kids who have been recommended from their school counselor,” Clark informed. The program gives the children guidance and structure that the students need.

There are different tables set up for each session such as arts and crafts, basketball, and sports outside of brooks gym.

They can also create or sponsor a particular activity for the Friend events if they are part of an organization, club, or team.

These events can include a variety of activities such as a science experiment for science day or a game about another culture for multi-cultural day.

During the past year, more than 600 Pennsylvania college students participated in the program at six sites, including 100 Young Friends at the Millersville site.

The Friend Program is committed to helping youth and making a difference in their communities. It is one of The Second Mile’s nine programs and is free to participants.

The children involved in these programs are in need of help, and they are referred by school counselors, teachers, and parents, for having difficulties with areas such as, family circumstances, academic problems, social issues, or lack of adult support and guidance. College Friends serve as positive role models for these children by encouraging social interaction, positive behavior, and attention to academics.

The Second Mile was formed in 1977 by former Penn State Football Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky and served more than 100,000 children and youth in 2008. The organization continues to grow and work toward a brighter future. It also challenges young people to achieve their potential as individuals and community members by ­providing opportunities for them to develop positive life skills and self-esteem as well as by providing education and support for parents and professionals addressing the needs of youth.

Most of the Millersville Friend events are located in the Brooks gym on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The program is currently looking for positive Millersville students who want to make a difference in their communities and help guide children to a positive future.
Students interested in joining this program or assisting with activities should contact Melissa Mogle at (717) 763-4614 or through email at Melissa@thesecondmile.org.