Volunteer New York! recognizes individuals who support Tappan Hill School students
Nine volunteers with Volunteer New York!'s RISE program were honored by the organization for their work with Southern Westchester BOCES students at Tappan Hill School.
RISE stands for Readiness thru Integrated Service Engagement. The program connects young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they can build skills while volunteering.
The honors were announced at the Annual RISE Volunteer Recognition Celebration at the Greenburgh Library. The event was hosted in recognition of April being Global Volunteer Month
The honorees have been volunteering weekly in the middle school and high school classrooms at Tappan Hill School as peer mentors throughout the 2022-23 school year. These peer mentorships are part of their transition planning, in understanding how their older peers spend their day once they leave school. One of the RISE groups works with the students to do community service projects that give them a chance to volunteers as well. Other RISE volunteers offer self-advocacy support and resources, while the rest help in a physical education class or read to the students in the classroom.