Many of our kids are from single-parent homes or live with a non-parent caregiver. Many live below the poverty level, with caregivers struggling to be an active presence while providing financial necessities for their family. Exposed to greater adversity such as elements of gang activity, substance abuse, and crime, they have the potential for greatness but need a special role model and friend they can trust. We are a lifeline for these kids, by providing a special match to help them realize their potential.
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 several times per month.
The program requires a minimum one-year commitment from Big, Little and the Little’s caregiver. Matches meet two to four times per month, on days and times convenient to both Big and Little.
By partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, companies are making an investment in developing the next generation of leaders. Workplace Mentoring Partnerships rely on our signature one-to-one mentoring relationships but kids go to a corporate workplace for mentoring visits and group activities. Local kids are matched with company employees who help them become excited about the future and invested in their career paths. In this way, employees create lasting relationships and strong ties with the local community on behalf of their company. Our partners have included major companies like the Gap, Google, Zendesk, and Comcast.
Meeting twice a month, each program day is designed and facilitated by a Workplace Mentoring Coordinator, who plans and coordinates program logistics, with structured activities.
The company provides a financial contribution to pay for the transportation of students and the Workplace Coordinator assigned to the company.
We work with our partners to tailor programming to best meet the needs of the employees, company, and kids so that everyone is fulfilled and feels connected to their community.
If you think your company would be interested in exploring a Workplace Mentoring partnership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.