Briarcliff YouthFriends

  • YouthFriends are mentors who support students academically. Applicants are trained, interviewed and complete two background screenings prior to being placed with district students. 

    YouthFriend volunteers must commit to serving in one of the below capacities for at least an hour each month.

    Briarcliff YouthFriend Activities:
    Before or After School Activities: Coach a group of students in a specific activity or share a skill with students such as acting, sewing, etc.
    Breakfast or Lunch Buddy: Meet with students during breakfast or lunch and take time to have a conversation with them about what's going on in life. Encourage students to always be and do their best in all they do.
    Classroom Helper: Assist students in the classroom with various academic activities.
    Library Assistant: Help students as they come to the library media center looking for books or researching information for a class assignment.
    Tutor: Help students build self-esteem and confidence to succeed in school through supporting them with the academic studies. 

    For more information about becoming a YouthFriends volunteer at Briarcliff Elementary, please contact Chantay Van Winkle, Briarcliff Partners in Education Building Facilitator, at (816) 321-6330 or contact the Partners in Education office at (816) 321-5018 or email

    Click here to view the YouthFriends flyer for Briarcliff Elementary.

    To apply to become a YouthFriends volunteer, apply online or download a PDF application to print, fill out and send to:

    Partners in Education
    North Kansas City Schools
    3100 NE 83rd Street, Suite 2400
    Kansas City, MO 64119


    Other School Involvement Opportunities
    NKC Schools welcomes family involvement in our schools. Opportunities to make a difference in our schools include getting involved with a school-parent organization, participating in classroom activities and planning special events. We recognize the significant contributions families can make toward promoting student and classroom excellence.

    *Families interested in supporting students in the capacities listed below should check-in at the school utilizing the Raptor visitor system for screening and DO NOT need to go through the process of becoming a YouthFriend volunteer.  

    *Attending breakfast or lunch with own child/relation
    *Book Fairs (set-up, take-down, check-out)
    *Class Parties
    *Field Day Events
    *PTA/Booster Club
    *School Carnivals/Family Fun Night
    *Staff Appreciation Events