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Griffin School Partnerships (GSP) provides Classroom Assistance, After-School and Mentoring opportunities for Williamsburg-James City County students to learn and grow with the support of William & Mary college student volunteers. 

Elementary Schools
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School

WJCC Staff Contact: Michael Hurley, Principal

GSP Classroom Assistance: 
Griffin School Partnerships members also volunteer in classrooms, assisting teachers. Keep an eye out for William & Mary students the next time you visit your child's school!

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School

WJCC Staff Contact: Stephen Legawiec, Asst. Principal

 

James River Elementary School

WJCC Staff Contact: Jennifer Smith, School Counselor

GSP Mentoring: 
GSP Mentoring provides an hour of one-to-one matched mentoring during lunch and recess/advisory each week to students at James River Elementary School.

Each student selected for participation will be matched with a W&M college student mentor for the duration of an entire school year. Pairs will meet for about 45 minutes each week during lunch, recess, or advisory periods in order to ensure the mentoring sessions do not interrupt classroom instruction. All W&M mentors are screened through an application and interview process and then very thoughtfully and intentionally matched with a mentee.

Research from the Search Institute and other youth development experts shows that having multiple close relationships with caring adults helps young people:

  • become actively engaged in their schools and communities
  • form positive relationships with peers, teachers, and family members
  • value school and feel like they belong
  • develop strong academic motivation and success
WJCC students seeking to join the GSP Mentoring program should speak to their school guidance counselor for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics.

Matthew Whaley Elementary School

WJCC Staff Contact: Kendall Almasian, School Counselor

GSP Classroom Assistance: 
Griffin School Partnerships members also volunteer in classrooms, assisting teachers. Keep an eye out for William & Mary students the next time you visit your child's school!

 Middle Schools
Berkeley Middle School

WJCC Staff Contact: Ms. Sadie Weathers, Teacher

GSP Mentoring: 
GSP Mentoring provides an hour of one-to-one matched mentoring during lunch and advisory each week to students at Berkeley Middle School.

Each student selected for participation will be matched with a W&M college student mentor for the duration of an entire school year. Pairs will meet for about 45 minutes each week during lunch or advisory periods in order to ensure the mentoring sessions do not interrupt classroom instruction. All W&M mentors are screened through an application and interview process and then very thoughtfully and intentionally matched with a mentee.

Research from the Search Institute and other youth development experts shows that having multiple close relationships with caring adults helps young people:

  • become actively engaged in their schools and communities
  • form positive relationships with peers, teachers, and family members
  • value school and feel like they belong
  • develop strong academic motivation and success
WJCC students seeking to join the GSP Mentoring program should speak to their school guidance counselor for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics.

GSP After-School:
In After-School William & Mary student volunteers offer academic support for two afternoons each week at Berkeley middle school while the College is in session. Students are expected to attend both days each week. Snack is provided. 

 After-School Schedule at Berkeley Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:55pm - 5:00pm

In addition, GSP After-School brings middle school students to W&M's campus at least two Saturdays each semester for enrichment programming. Students who attend after-school regularly are encouraged and expected to attend enrichment programs. Lunch and transportation in WJCC school buses is provided. In the spring, as a celebration of the student's hard work in the program, GSP After-School students may participate in Big Trip. Big Trip is an exciting full-day field trip to somewhere outside of the WJCC area. Previous trips have been to D.C., Monticello, and the Virginia Aquarium.

WJCC students and families seeking to join the GSP After-School program should speak to their school Guidance Counselor or Student Advancement Coach for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics. If there are additional questions please contact the Office of Community Engagement's Education Programs Coordinator at (757) 221-2738. 

Participant Application

Hornsby Middle School

WJCC Staff Contact: Ms. April Taylor-Temple, Student Advancement Coach

GSP Classroom Assistance: 
Griffin School Partnerships members also volunteer in classrooms, assisting teachers. Keep an eye out for William & Mary students the next time you visit your child's school!

GSP After-School:
In After-School William & Mary student volunteers offer academic support for two afternoons each week at Hornsby middle school while the College is in session. Students are expected to attend both days each week. Snack is provided. 

After-School Schedule at Hornsby Middle School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:55pm - 5:00pm

In addition, GSP After-School brings middle school students to W&M's campus at least two Saturdays each semester for enrichment programming. Students who attend after-school regularly are encouraged and expected to attend enrichment programs. Lunch and transportation in WJCC school buses is provided. In the spring, as a celebration of the student's hard work in the program, GSP After-School students may participate in Big Trip. Big Trip is an exciting full-day field trip to somewhere outside of the WJCC area. Previous trips have been to D.C., Monticello, and the Virginia Aquarium.

WJCC students and families seeking to join the GSP After-School program should speak to their school Guidance Counselor or Student Advancement Coach for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics. If there are additional questions please contact the Office of Community Engagement's Education Programs Coordinator at (757) 221-2738. 

Participant Application

Toano Middle School

WJCC Staff Contact: Kendall McLeod, School Counselor

GSP After-School:
In After-School William & Mary student volunteers offer academic support for two afternoons each week at Toano middle schools while the College is in session. Students are expected to attend both days each week. Snack is provided. 

 After-School Schedule at Toano Middle School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:55pm - 5:00pm

In addition, GSP After-School brings middle school students to W&M's campus at least two Saturdays each semester for enrichment programming. Students who attend after-school regularly are encouraged and expected to attend enrichment programs. Lunch and transportation in WJCC school buses is provided. In the spring, as a celebration of the student's hard work in the program, GSP After-School students may participate in Big Trip. Big Trip is an exciting full-day field trip to somewhere outside of the WJCC area. Previous trips have been to D.C., Monticello, and the Virginia Aquarium.

WJCC students and families seeking to join the GSP After-School program should speak to their school Guidance Counselor or Student Advancement Coach for information on applications, deadlines, and more program logistics. If there are additional questions please contact the Office of Community Engagement's Education Programs Coordinator at (757) 221-2738. 

High Schools
Warhill High School

WJCC Staff Contact: Jeffrey Carroll, Principal

GSP Classroom Assistance: 
Griffin School Partnerships members also volunteer in classrooms, assisting teachers. Keep an eye out for William & Mary students the next time you visit your child's school!