Mentor Challenge!

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15 Mentors in 15 Days

Would you like to see talented youth graduate from the P-Tech Academy and begin their life long careers here and remain in Chautauqua County?

Do you have a couple of hours each month to spend with a small group of students at the P-Tech Academy?

Would you enjoy sharing professional guidance, wisdom, academic, and personal support to high school aged students?

Are you a reliable, interactive, and responsive role model? Someone who embraces diversity and offers encouragement, problem solving strategies, and maintains confidentiality?

What is P-TECH WNY STEM College & Career Academy?
This unique Academy offers a place-based, differentiated learning culture with specialized educators working in tandem with higher education, business partners, and component school districts to support students as they obtain a NYS Regents Diploma and AAS in Mechanical Technology (with specializations available in pre-engineering design or precision machining) or Welding in addition to several certifications through CTE.

Businesses and individuals who volunteer for this profound opportunity and complete the entire screening and training process will receive free publicity through several facets of Social Media.


For More Information contact Michele D. Starwalt, Striders Director of North County Programs
716-363-2203 or

Kids on the Move

Chautauqua Striders is excited to offer a new program to third and fourth grade students at Lincoln Elementary School!  Kids on the Move is an eight week school-based running program that will begin Wednesday, October 5th.

Running programs are a great way to engage students in a healthy activity that is fun and social.  The program sessions will be from 3pm-4:30pm on Wednesdays.  Students will be learning running technique, as well as, life skills including healthy eating, goal setting, effective communication, and relaxation methods.   The eight week program culminates with the students running the Amy King 5K Race, Saturday, November 26, in Lakewood. 

It is our goal that students that participate in Kids on the Move use the skills and confidence gained through running and completing the program to positively impact their lives and their community.

To find out how to get a Kids on the Move program at your school please contact Melissa Paduano, Kids on the Move Coordinator, with any questions at (716) 489-3486 or