Virtual Mentoring

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region Virtual Mentoring programs are returning for the 2021-22 school year. Each week, Bigs and Littles meet virtually (via Zoom) for 45 minutes in a one-on-one breakout room to work on activities together, engage with guest speakers, work on homework, read, play games, or other activities of their choosing! A match coordinator will be available throughout the session to offer assistance, guidance on each week’s activities, and to answer any questions. Virtual mentoring offers great flexibility, allowing Bigs and Littles to choose a time that works best for them each week.

Programs start October 12th, and spots are still available for Bigs and Littles! This program takes the place of our Lunchbox Learners and Teaming Up With Youth programs that have been suspended due to COVID-19.

Mentors: Apply now to Be a Big.

Parents/Guardians: Learn more about enrolling your child.

How It Works

  • A volunteer is matched with one child who has been referred to our program by a teacher, counselor or parent.
  • Matches will have scheduled virtual program time slots and will meet on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month.
  • Virtual program requires access to a device, Wi-Fi, and Zoom.
  • Matches will focus on building positive communication and social skills, academics, guest speakers, and fun virtual games & activities.
  • Throughout the relationship, 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.
  • Match Coordinators will host and monitor the virtual programs and will be available for support and help throughout each session.
  • All volunteers undergo a background screening which includes a criminal background check and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
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Virtual Mentoring Programs

How It Works

  • A volunteer is matched with one child who has been referred to our program by a teacher, counselor or parent.
  • Matches will have scheduled virtual program time slots and will meet on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month.
  • Virtual program requires access to a device, Wi-Fi, and Zoom.
  • Matches will focus on building positive communication and social skills, academics, guest speakers, and fun virtual games & activities.
  • Throughout the relationship, 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.
  • Match Coordinators will host and monitor the virtual programs and will be available for support and help throughout each session.
  • All volunteers undergo a background screening which includes a criminal background check and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
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Other Mentoring Programs

new community based home

Community Based

You and a child participate in everyday activities together on average of two to three times per month. You help that child build confidence and skills. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

Lunchbox Learners Volunteer and Child

Lunchbox Learners

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 home

Teaming Up With Youth

Local high school students team up with elementary students in this weekly after school program. Teaming Up With Youth Littles improve their academic, social, and relationship skills.

Other Mentoring Programs

new community based home

Community Based

You and a child participate in everyday activities together on average of two to three times per month. You help that child build confidence and skills. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

Lunchbox Learners Volunteer and Child

Lunchbox Learners

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 home

Teaming Up With Youth

Local high school students team up with elementary students in this weekly after school program. Teaming Up With Youth Littles improve their academic, social, and relationship skills.

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