Why CESA 10?
CESA has sponsored the FGP since 1987. Our Chippewa Falls program was one of the first 8 pilot programs in the nation when the program began in 1965. We were sponsored by the Northern Center in CF from 1965 until 1987. In 1987 CESA 10 became the sponsor and the FGs moved from working exclusively at the Northern Center to working in the CESA 10 schools.
The Foster Grandparents bring wisdom, patience, and life long experiences to students and classrooms and their presence provides an inter-generational educational experience.
Do foster grandparents host the children? No, the children are not hosted by their foster grandparents. FGP activities only take place at the host school.
Can I chose what grade/class to work with if teacher is good with it? The program coordinator, volunteer, and school district work together to determine grade/class that best works for all involved.
What education (training) is provided for me? 20 hours of orientation in provided before a volunteer is placed with a school district. An additional 24 hours of in-service is provided during each service year.
What kind of skills would be helpful? Helpful skills include, patience, enjoy working with children, helpful disposition, positivity, empathy, communication, following directions, and confidentiality.
How many hours are required? A volunteer needs to serve at least 5 hours a week, however they can work up to 40 hours per week. The preferred amount is 15-20 hours per week.
Is this a paid position? (stipend/mileage) All volunteers receive a transportation reimbursement for travel to and from their home to their school station and to in-service meetings. Income qualified volunteers receive a modest tax-free stipend for their time at school and in-service meetings.