Address: 4200 N. Holton Street Suite 400
By Bus: Walk to Wisconsin Ave. and 10th Street. Take the #14 Bus towards downtown, get off at the intersection of Milwaukee and Jefferson. Walk to Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and take the #11 bus towards Capitol. Get off at Capitol and Holton and walk to 4200 N. Holton.
By Car: Take I-43 North from Highland Ave. Take exit 76-A Capitol Drive. Turn left onto North Holton Street. Destination will be on left.
Approximate travel time by bus: 48 minutes
Approximate travel time by car: 13 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 4:00pm-8:30pm and Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm.
Description of Agency/Activities: Pathfinders Drop-In Center is Milwaukee's first Drop-In Center for runaway and homeless youth. Opened in 2010, the Center offers food, hygiene and laundry facilities, health and risk reduction resources, computer access, job supports, educational and community programming, and case management for youth aged 15-25. Since 1970, Pathfinders has provided licensed, caring therapists, expert counselors, and dedicated adults who have worked with young people in a nurturing, compassionate environment to ensure better tomorrows.
Student Role in Agency: The primary role of Service Learners at Pathfinders Drop-In Center is to be available to provide tutoring to clients requesting assistance with middle and high school homework, GED prep, and some community college and university level assignments. Additionally, youth may request assistance filling out official documents such as job and college applications, writing resumes, cover letters, or researching possible post-secondary educational opportunities. Other frequent opportunities to be involved with youth and staff in the day-to-day needs and operations of the Drop-In Center may arise.
Requirements: Service Learners must be of sophomore standing or greater.
Service Learners will need to complete a Pathfinders Volunteer Application Form, Confidentiality Statement, Boundary Guidelines, 3 Personal Reference Forms, and Background Information Disclosure forms. An on-site Training and Best Practices session will be offered and required (orientation).
Commitment: Students are asked to commit to a 2-4 hour time slot and be willing to commit weekly for the entire semester. The opportunity to continue volunteering after Service Learning term concludes may be available.