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Unity Project created to mentor IMS eighth-graders

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Starting the first week of April, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program will pair with Incline Middle School to conduct a “Unity Project” as part of the volunteer group’s spring service project.

As active volunteers in the community, the AmeriCorps members are aware of the specific concerns that face the youth of Incline Village.

Through team-building exercises, discussions and activities, the AmeriCorps team hopes to address issues such as tolerance and bullying, healthy relationships, goal-setting, body image and self worth, peer pressure, and overall health and wellness.

The AmeriCorps members will work directly with middle school students every Friday for eight weeks from the first week of April through the first week of June.

The goal is to cultivate a trusting relationship between students, teachers and AmeriCorps volunteers that will aid in the transition to high school, ultimately creating a greater sense of community throughout the youth of Incline Village.

The Parasol AmeriCorps program, now in its 14th year, has grown to 16 full time members and has become essential in helping agencies enhance services and meet the needs of our rural community.

Volunteers dedicate a year of their lives to increasing local non-profit capacity by improving existing programs and creating new ones, developing relationships through effective outreach and recruiting new community volunteers. Visit http://www.parasol.org to learn more.