2022 Rogers Scholar Emma Moore, left, launched a mentoring program at Williamsburg Independent Elementary School.

The Stinger Program pairs high school students with fourth-grade elementary students to help with academic, emotional, and social needs. Emma and other student volunteers act as role models and work one-on-one with the younger children under the guidance of the student’s teacher.

“This project represents a change in the community that will impact children from a young age for generations. Being able to help these students is worth more than anything in the world.”

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program are required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.