Virtual Mentoring

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region has launched new Virtual Mentoring programs for the 2020 school year. Virtual Mentoring programs run from October to June. Each week, Bigs and Littles meet virtually either one-on-one, or in a group setting to work on activities together, engage with guest speakers, work on homework, read, play games, or other activities of their choosing! This program takes the place of our Lunchbox Learners and Teaming Up With Youth programs that have been suspended due to COVID-19.

*PARENTS/GUARDIANS* We still have plenty of room for Littles throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region to start virtual mentoring in fall of 2020. Learn more about our child enrollment requirements, and get started today!

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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Participating Schools

Midland County

  • Adams Elementary School
  • Central Park Elementary School
  • Chestnut Hill Elementary School
  • Floyd Elementary School
  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Pine River Elementary School
  • Plymouth Elementary School
  • Seibert Elementary School
  • Woodcrest Elementary School

Bay County

  • Auburn Elementary School
  • Kolb Elementary School
  • Linsday Elementary School
  • McAlear Sawden Elementary School

Other Mentoring Programs

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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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