Pen Pal Program

Dear Pen Pal

Inspire an Elementary Student: Join the Pen Pal Program

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) Pen Pal Program is a partnership between CDE and West Liberty Elementary School.

This project matches current UI students with 4th graders from West Liberty Elementary based on shared interests and the future plans of the elementary students. Through the exchange of letters and one campus visit in the spring, these students will have an opportunity to connect with a role model and start thinking about their plans after high school.

To apply to join the program, you should PDF iconfill out the application and drop it off at the front desk of the CDE office at 24 Phillips Hall, or email it to the pen pal program coordinator, Mike Meginnis, at michael-meginnis@uiowa.edu. If you have any questions, please email Mike.

Some of the goals of the Pen Pal Program include:

  • promoting positive self-esteem for grade school students
  • increasing grade school students' motivation for academic success and interest in college
  • developing and practicing writing skills of grade school students
  • providing all program participants with a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • helping the University of Iowa become more responsive to the needs of the Pen Pal participant communities

What are the benefits in participating?

Your dedicated commitment to volunteering with the Pen Pal Program will have many benefits, such as:

  • making a valuable contribution to a student's learning
  • being a positive role model for a grade school student

Requirements

If you are a registered student at the University of Iowa, you are eligible to volunteer in the Pen Pal program.

How to Apply/Enroll

To apply to join the program, PDF iconfill out the application and drop it off at the front desk of the CDE office at 24 Phillips Hall, or email it to michael-meginnis@uiowa.edu.