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Community-Based Mentoring

The hallmark of Big Brothers Big Sisters, this traditional program matches screened adult mentors (Bigs) with enrolled children (Littles) on a one-to-one basis. This program requires a one year commitment and the matches meet weekly (or several times per month), on days and times convenient to both.

The matches spend their time together engaged in activities that are of mutual interest, such as playing ball, going to parks or beaches, touring museums, cheering on local sports teams or simply hanging out. There are no mandated activities – research shows that the level of connection, rather than what the matches do together, is the most significant factor in positive outcomes from the match. Mentors are provided with training, support and guidance from professional agency staff to help nurture a healthy, lasting relationship between each Big and Little.

Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles in the evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Role models make an impact

National and local studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs or commit crimes. In fact, the success of children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters was proven in a nationwide randomized study.

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