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Students for the Child

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap by providing academic opportunities in hopes to break generational cycles of poverty. The purpose of Students for the Child is to provide tutoring to children from around the community that do not have access to regular tutoring services. The club will have a working relationship with two local organizations: Klamath Falls Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) and the Friends of the Children.

Tell me more about Students for the Child.

“Students for the Child” SFTC is a student service club at Oregon Tech focusing on serving at risk youth in Klamath County. The mission of SFTC is facilitate an environment that cultivates academic progress through instilling a curiosity in learning, promote mentorship relationships with Oregon Tech students, and provides holistic academic support. SFTC hopes to break the cycle of poverty by providing support to at risk youth through empowering them in their commitment to academics.

SFTC believes that academic success is fostered through mentorship, consistency, and positive encouragement. It was founded on the unique desire to bring community involvement to the Oregon Tech campus; every Academic Mentor is an Oregon Tech student who is committed to community service and to achieving a higher education.

What is the goal of Students for the Child?

The overall goal of the SFTC is to have our Academic Mentors provide encouragement for academic success and be a resource of academic self-sufficiency. 

Who do you serve?

Klamath County has thousands of families each year who experience some type of crisis in their lives. Many clients are economically disadvantaged; some are single parents attempting to raise their families alone. Children referred to organizations like the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) have a need for friendship outside of the home. Mentoring can often help the child become stronger without removing the child from the family unit. 

What are the requirements of participation?

As an academic mentor, Oregon Tech students are expected to demonstrate dependability, maturity, patience, support, objectivity, and respect confidentiality. Students are also expected to be present while fulfilling their volunteer commitment the one-hour a week at is expected. Our Academic Mentors have committed themselves to a high level of service, but many children require more time than an Academic Mentor may be able to provide. In order to address the child’s continuing academic needs SFTC would also like to encourage parental or guardian involvement as well. Each Academic Mentor has been interviewed, background checked, fingerprinted, and has received extensive training prior to being teamed with a child.

How do I get involved with Students for the Child?

Contact the leaders at studentsforthechild@oit.edu, fill out the volunteer application, and submit it to Dow 222 (Dr. O'Shaughnessy's office).  After being accepted into the organization, you will be given access to the Student Login and will be able to view your status with all of the requirements.
Requirements include:
       Background Check

Who do you partner with?

Students for the Child could not exist without the support of CASA of Klamath County. CASA of Klamath County from day has advocated for the development of this program. The commitment of the organization, it’s board members, and staff inspired this program. Students for the Child would also have not been able to be formed without the commitment of the Oregon Tech students.

Who has been involved at Oregon Tech so far?

In our initial pilot interest inquiry, STFC had over sixty Oregon students expressed interest in academically mentoring at risk in the community. Dr. Molly O'Shaughnessy, the club faculty adviser has been very supportive since the beginning of the initiative and essential in the conception of the program. The executive team was also essential in development of the program.

Learn More

  • IconCASA of Klamath County
    CASA for Children of Klamath County is a non-profit evidence-based program that provides trained volunteer advocates for foster children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect.
  • IconFriends of the Children
    Friends of the Children (Friends) finds kindergarteners and provides them with a caring adult who stays with them consistently through high school graduation.

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