Chautauqua Striders provides program opportunities for students

Chautauqua Striders provides many program opportunities for students throughout the school year. In northern Chautauqua County, tutoring programs include Westfield and the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. Support for college entrance exams such as the PSATs, SATs, and ACTs is available at Brocton, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Pine Valley, and Salamanca High Schools and at the organizations’s main office. Students are given tips and techniques to enhance confidence in test-taking and overall scores. Call Melissa Dorchak at 488-2203 for more high school tutoring information.

The Chautauqua Striders Mentoring program is available at all Jamestown schools for children in grades 2-12, as well as at Falconer, Southwestern and Dunkirk Central Schools. Since school is now in session, many mentors and mentees have begun their weekly lunch meetings. This interaction provides area adults an opportunity to be an extra source of support and encouragement to a child. Many youth not in the program may recognize the value of a caring adult and request a mentor. Mentoring often changes a child’s life as well the mentor’s life.

Chautauqua Striders would like to talk to adults who are interested in the program. Volunteers will see first-hand how important time for a child is and what a difference it makes in the life of a local youth. Call 488-2203 today to learn more about Chautauqua Striders Mentoring.

The United Way campaigns in northern and southern Chautauqua County are now in full swing. They assist in making several programs possible for Chautauqua Striders. The north county tutoring program is located in the city of Dunkirk at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. Academic assistance is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5p.m., for children and youth ages 6 through 18. In Jamestown, the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County supports Lighted Schoolhouse tutoring, Project REACH youth and family advocacy, and Chautauqua Striders Mentoring programs. Chautauqua Striders encourages everyone to “Live United” and contribute to the United Way today.

The Chautauqua Striders’ website,, has much more information about upcoming events, track and field, advocacy programs, contact numbers, dates, times, and locations. Feel free to also contact 488-2203 with any questions or to reach any coordinator for further information. The future depends on the success of today’s young people. Chautauqua Striders is committed to helping each child reach his or her potential.