South Orangetown Central School District

The #SOCSDMentorMonday Facebook campaign highlights community members who directly mentor students on a sustained, voluntary basis through our schools. Through their dedicated volunteerism, mentors offer students meaningful opportunities to explore interests and career pathways–and to develop real world job skills.

Tappan Zee High School’s Nika C. has spent the past few months caring for horses at Silver Rock Farm as a Senior Seminar intern under the mentorship of Samantha Butti. The position is a perfect fit for the senior, who plans to major in animal science in college. “I’ve gained experience with animal management,” she notes. “And I like learning about their medical problems, like cuts or hoof issues, and how to care for them.”

“Nika has been here a long time and has volunteered with our therapeutic riding program on Saturdays for years,” says Samantha, who notes that the program is always looking for volunteers. “As a mentor, I appreciate watching her grow and take what she’s learned from me, apply it, and turn around to teach it to younger kids.”

The #SOCSDMentorMonday campaign will extend throughout the spring. Interested in mentoring students in your field of expertise? Contact Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker at

Student and mentor with horse