Lafayette Kids

Lafayette Kids is a student organization that connects William & Mary students, “Bigs,” with young people, “Littles,” living in the Williamsburg area. The group conducts a wide range of youth development programming with the purpose of closing the opportunity gap. They seek to support the development of young people by fostering a safe environment for growth through consistent mentorship and lasting relationships.


Making Our Mark: A Virtual Summer Initiative 2020

Making Our Mark 2020 Flyer

The Virtual Summer Play Initiative is a William & Mary initiative to give young people opportunities to express themselves through a variety of mediums: play, creative expression (art), civic engagement.

This summer, Lafayette Kids will focus on providing opportunities for youth who lack the space and opportunities to play. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, these opportunities have become even more restricted as approximately 1 in 4 adults are unemployed or underemployed.

Young people in (rising) grades K-12 who live in Williamsburg public housing communities can participate in the programming beginning the week of July 6th through the week of July 31st.


Bigs will meet virtually with young people weekly for one-hour sessions, via a Zoom or other technology, to play age-appropriate games and build relationships. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here to be a Big.

Become a Big

Parents interested in signing up your young person for Making Our Mark


My child wants to be a Little

I am a parent of a prospective “Little”
I am a W&M student
Who is eligible for the virtual Xploration program?

All young people in grades K-12 that living in Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority housing units.

How do I sign up my child?

Please fill out the Virtual Interest Form 

Who will work with my child?

W&M students who have expressed interest in the virtual program, completed training for protecting minors and effective youth work, and who have passed a W&M background check.

Will volunteers be trained?

Yes. All volunteers will complete youth work training and the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training designated for mandated reporters.

What technology platform will volunteers use for sessions?

This summer, we will use primarily Zoom. Volunteers will work with families to connect to the platform. However, should we need to switch to other platforms (e.g. Google, Skype, Facetime etc.) to accommodate families with varying levels of comfort with technology we are willing to do so.

How can I provide feedback of the experience?

All parent/guardians will receive a survey at the conclusion of the summer session. You can submit additional feedback at any time via this form. (hyperlink form)

What are the expectations of parents/guardians?

We encourage parents/guardians of participants to:

  • Be present or have a responsible adult in the general vicinity (or near) the participant when engaging in virtual programming
  • Communicate regularly with the volunteer lead
  • Use the feedback survey to provide input
  • Communicate any immediate concerns or needs to Joy Jackson: 757-349-6164
I’m a W&M Student
I am a parent of a prospective "Little"
How do I sign up?

You can sign up to become a virtual Lafayette Kids volunteer by completing this form

What is the process, including the required training, to become a Virtual Big?
  1. Sign up here 
  2. Complete Virginia Department of Social Services’ Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training. Send the confirmation of completion to
  3. Complete W&M Background check for volunteers
  4. Attend the scheduled training for onboarding.
  5. Sign the volunteer commitment form.
  6. Begin volunteering.