This is our traditional mentoring program that connects children ages 6-15 with committed volunteers that are 19 years of age or older. “Bigs” and “Littles” spend quality 1-to-1 time out in the community 4-6 hours a month. Together they engage in fun, low-cost, friendship-building activities. The goal of the mentoring relationship is to provide positive guidance and support to enhance the child’s ability to become a confident, competent, and caring adult. A minimum of a one year commitment is required for the program with the hope that the friendship will last a lifetime!
Our proactive approach to reaching more children in a group mentoring setting is developed through partnerships with school districts. These programs offer a select number of mentors the opportunity to be a role model and friend to a student. The mentoring sessions take place at the school where BBBS staff provides and closely supervises activities that the matches do together.
The commitment for School Based Bigs and Littles is one academic year, with weekly or bi-weekly sessions that are planned and facilitated by BBBS staff and school liaisons.
Beyond School Walls
Our Beyond School Walls Program exposes students to the world beyond their home, neighborhood, or classroom, in a group setting. BBBS partners with both the school and a nearby company, university, or hospital to provide a 1-to-1 mentoring experience in a workplace or collegiate environment.
The program sessions consist of department tours, presentations, and projects on a bi-weekly schedule during the school year.
Our Kids Club Program allows BBBS staff to see our Bigs, Littles, and children waiting to be matched in person throughout the year. These fun events are hosted by individuals, companies, and/or venues in the community and are planned specifically for BBBS. Events include a variety of recreational, educational, cultural, and community-service activities.