The CraWaLa Lawrence County Volunteer Mentoring Program is designed to provide mentors and friendship through the use of positive role models (volunteers) like you for the rehabilitation of at-risk and troubled youth. The objective of the program is to restore the youngsters to useful, productive, law abiding, contributing and responsible citizenship. Click here to learn more.

The Parkside Elementary School, Night Owls After-school Tutoring program is hosted by CraWaLa. The program is a true partnership and collaboration between CUSD #20, Parkside Elementary School administration, Parkside PTO, and CraWaLa.

The program provides tutoring assistance to youth grades 1-5 to improve the academic and behavioral performance of Parkside Elementary School tutoring program students. Youth are referred to the program by their teacher, and/or their parents. The program operates from September to May each school year. Tutors are professionals (i.e. Teachers, teacher-aides, and interns), and community volunteers from the community-at-large, local business, retired teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and LHS students. Read more…

The Wabash Valley Area Project (Area Project) is an Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Community Health and Prevention Division Community Youth Service program. In 1997 CraWaLa was award a Community Youth Services grant by IDHS to provide community organizing, advocacy, and direct service (non-case modality) to thirteen Southeastern Illinois Counties (Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White counties).

Balance and Restorative Justice Programs are alternative diversion and intervention practices for youth offenders. BARJ Practices such as Victim/Offender Medication, Group Conferencing, Community Accountability Panels, and Peer Juries are utilized to hold offenders accountable for the harm (crime) they caused; to make the offender more capable of making better choices then they were when they entered the justice system. To give voice to the victim, and engage the community in resolution and reparation of the harm. This is designed to repair the harm that has been done by defining what the harm is, who has been harmed, and what must be done to repair the harm. Learn more.

The CraWaLa AmeriCorps VISTA – Community Impact Project is a statewide project. The goals of the project are Education and Economic Opportunity focused.  VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) members work within local communities dedicated to bringing communities and individuals out of poverty. The individuals range in age from 19 and up. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

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