What is Community Based Mentoring?
A Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region community based mentor’s role is simple: to be a friend to a child, on a one to one basis. Men are matched with boys in all circumstances, and women are matched with girls in most circumstances. Bigs and Littles participate in everyday activities together on average of two to three times per month for a minimum of one year. The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of volunteers and Littles. The activities you choose to do together are up to you!
How It Works
- Interested volunteers meet with Match Coordinators to learn about their interests and skills to make sure every match is right for both the Big and Little.
- Throughout the friendship, Bigs assist Littles to build confidence and promote positive decision-making skills, and independence. Enhancing the self-esteem of a child can be a key building block in the development of their personality and overall approach to life.
- All volunteers undergo a comprehensive background screening before being matched with a child (learn more about our commitment to child safety)
- Match Coordinators stay in touch throughout the life of the match to help answer any questions or address concerns families or mentors might have.
- If you can commit 2-3 times a month, you can change the life of a child through mentoring!
Community Based Programs
One adult (ages 16+) and one child (ages 6-12) are matched by one of our trained Match Coordinators. Interviews conducted with all parties help Match Coordinators identify ideal match candidates with the goal of establishing a long-term mentoring relationship. Men are always matched with boys, and women are mostly matched with girls.
Couples for Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters offers the opportunity for married couples to spend some fun time together and share this special time with a child. Because most Little Brothers and Little Sisters are from single-parent homes, a family experience such as Couples for Kids is important for their positive growth. As volunteers, you and your spouse can provide a model of responsibility, maturity, and commitment for a child, while building a bond of friendship that will forever impact the child’s life.
Families for Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters offers the opportunity for married couples with children to spend some time together and share this special time with a child. It’s an extra seat at the dinner table, an extra ticket to the movie, or an extra person to help rake and jump in the leaves! Just being together in a family setting is a valuable experience for Littles.
Be a Big
Lunchbox Learners focuses on helping children in grades K – 3 improve their reading skills. You meet with a student once a week during the student’s lunch hour to read books, play word games and make reading fun!
Teaming Up With YOUth
Local high school students team up with elementary students in their district in this weekly after school program. Teaming Up with YOUth strives to improve the academic, social, and relationship skills of children by matching them one-to-one with mentors.