Pen Pal Program

Program Directors & Office Hours

Lila Taylor

Volunteer Weekly Meetings (on Zoom)

  • Thursday 12:30-1:20
  • Meeting Dates: 9/08, 9/15, 10/13, & 11/10

Fall 2022: Virtual Engagement

  • Participate in a pen pal letter exchange with local elementary & middle school students. Letters provide an opportunity for K-12 students to improve communication skills while also learning about the college experience.
  • 10-15 hour commitment for fall semester
  • The Pen Pal project was established as part of Cal Poly Humboldt's ConnectED collaboration with the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) 

Email

vop@humboldt.edu

Program Mission

The Pen Pal Program provides an opportunity for K-12 students to improve communication skills while also learning about the college experience. The Pen Pal Program began in 2020, as a way to connect with and enrich local students safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pen Pal Program currently provides a virtual low commitment opportunity for YES volunteers.

Pen Pal Program Goals

  • To continue a fun, dynamic program that is beneficial for both Cal Poly Humboldt and K-5 students and teachers

  • To enrich and extend classroom curriculum for both Cal Poly Humboldt and K-5 students and teachers

  • To create an opportunity for HSU and K-5 students to learn new skills and advance communication, interpersonal skills and creative thinking 

  • To create communication pathways and “next step” experiences for K-5 students 

  • To provide opportunities for Cal Poly Humboldt students to serve as positive role models and explore their passions and potential career paths

Handwritten pen pal letter. Includes cartoons of dogs and colorful designs around the border.