We are proud to offer several different programs that can be individualized to meet the needs of both Bigs and Littles. In this blog post, you will learn more about our community-based mentoring, Bigs in schools, site-based mentoring at the Boys & Girls Club, school-based mentoring, and our Bigs with Badges programs.
The Community-Based program is highly flexible and allows for endless possibilities for mentors to connect with their mentees. Matches get to know each other by having fun doing activities out in the community. One-to-one outings are often low-cost or no-cost activities, like taking a walk in the park, going to a museum, attending a BBBS
monthly event, listening to music, and
hanging out and talking.
Some mentors meet their mentees on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday afternoons or evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
HIGH SCHOOL BIGS
This one-to-one mentoring program focuses on building relationships between high school students and elementary or middle school students.
As role models, high school students can find their own voices as community advocates and philanthropists. During once-a-week sessions, they guide elementary and middle school students through activities that support academic achievement, social skills, and self-awareness.
SITE-BASED MENTORING AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Big Brothers Big Sisters' site-based mentoring program is one way that mentors can help shape the future of students in Evansville, Indiana. The site-based program allows adult volunteer mentors to build supportive relationships with students in a space where young people spend much of their free time. The best part is the volunteer can choose what day and what time they can meet with their mentee and only need to spend about an hour a week with them.
The Boys & Girls Club offers fun activities that they can do together, such as shooting hoops, assisting with homework, or simply hanging out and playing a board game.
Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school, where some children feel safe. This is especially true for children who have a harder time opening up to adults or individuals they do not know.
Bigs and Littles meet at the Little's school during the school day. They eat, play games, go to the playground, work on homework or reading, do crafts, or just spend time talking. It's all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring them to reach their potential in a safe and nurturing environment.
BIGS WITH BADGES
Bigs with Badges is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth and those with badges in communities to build strong, trusting, and lasting relationships.
Tensions with law enforcement officers have disrupted communities and sparked outrage throughout our nation. Our program is to show officers, firefighters, and paramedics/EMTs in a different light and allow children to get to know them from a different perspective with a one-on-one relationship.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Big, visit mentoringkids.org/volunteer.