Our no-cost mentoring programs strive to reach young people who face adversity and are in need of an additional supportive relationship. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies formally match young people with an adult volunteer Mentor. Mentors are professionally trained and supported to ignite the unique power and potential of each Mentee. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides every match with access to a professional caseworker who provides support to both the Mentee, Mentor and family. Current research suggests that young people are more likely to flourish when they are embedded in a web of relationships with supportive, caring adults. This is the essence of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs; providing the relationships that young people need to succeed.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples
Our traditional mentoring program provides children and youth aged 6 to 16 with a positive role model to talk to and share their experiences of growing up. Regular outings develop a relationship between the Bigs and Littles, built on trust and common interests. The match is supported by our experienced case managers. The result is a positive experience for both the Bigs and Littles.
The Big and Littles mentoring program requires weekly scheduled outings each month consisting of a few hours each, with a minimum one-year commitment.
The In-School Mentoring Program provides children and youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, the mentor meets with their mentee and engages in activities such as board games, crafts or just hanging out on school grounds.
The In-School Mentoring Program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year, with a minimum of a one-year commitment. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays or PA days.
Check with your child’s principal to inquire if your school offers this program.