The purpose of the DAIS SEALS (Supporting Education and Leadership Skills) Program in the Dallastown Area School District is to align high school students with intermediate children who may be in need of extra support for many reasons related to home and/or school settings. The program will meet once a week, after school, at Dallastown Area Intermediate School. High school mentors will serve as positive role models helping intermediate school students to be successful through school work and recreational activities. The goal of the program is to help school performance, self-esteem and interpersonal skills. Dallastown Area Intermediate School Counselors run the program. Dallastown Communities That Care helps to fund this worthwhile program. If you are a high school student who would like to apply to be a mentor in the SEALS program, please see your school counselor. 

Big Buddy:

Who better to serve as a role model than a successful teenager? Our original Big Buddy program (which has been lauded and copied statewide) pairs high school students with elementary children, in grades 1-3, experiencing difficulty in school. The teenagers, who are volunteers, commit to contacting their new friend weekly. Many of the buddy friendships flourish to the point where the kids chat by phone daily and get together for weekend and evening social trips to the park and movies. Why does the program work? Younger children are heavily influenced by teenagers. During their visits, the older students encourage their buddy to be successful in school while relating their own positive school experiences. Our evaluations show the majority of the children in this program make great improvements in school as a direct result of the Big Buddy Program.

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