A FISH mentor helps students with their reading skills.

A FISH mentor helps students with their reading skills.

Become a FISH Volunteer

Are you patient, flexible, a good listener and love helping children? Would you like to mentor kids in a classroom setting to improve their confidence, social skills and academic achievement?

FISH (Friends in Schools Helping) is a JABA intergenerational program that connects nurturing adults with students in need of individualized attention in a classroom setting. Call 434.817.5226 to learn more about becoming a FISH volunteer.

More about Being a FISH Volunteer

FISH volunteers work under the supervision of a teacher in a classroom setting to provide individualized attention to students, either one-on-one or in small groups. Volunteers help students improve motivation, self-confidence and socialization, while assisting with academic subjects. After new mentor training (one 2.5 hour session) in August and September, JABA places volunteers based on school needs and volunteer interests and location preferences. Volunteers commit to 1-2 hours per week during the school year.

Working with the students keeps me in touch with younger people. I feel like I’m making a difference in their lives. They are certainly making a difference in mine.” – FISH volunteer

For Teachers

Interested in having a FISH volunteer in your classroom? Check out our “FISH Quick Start Guide for Teachers” for more information. Contact us at fish@jabacares.org to initiate a partnership at your school or to request a FISH volunteer in your classroom.

My FISH mentors allow me to give my students the individual time and attention they all crave and need. They are always flexible and follow the directions I give them for the work that needs to be completed. They give my students TLC that so many of them need more of in order to be successful in school.” – FISH teacher


Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) began in 2004 as a partnership between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) and the Albemarle County School Board.