The Need: Parents, social workers, doctors and other professionals identify youth ages 7 to 14 who are struggling or at risk that would benefit from additional adult contact. Most youth are from single-parent, low-income households with an incarcerated parent. Youth benefit from stable long-term relationships, improved self-esteem and improved decision making skills. Program outcomes show that 94 percent maintained or improved their attitudes toward risky behaviors, 88 percent maintained or improved parental trust, and 85 percent maintained or improved their educational expectations.
The Opportunity: Volunteers (16 years or older) are needed to spend four hours per month with a youth whose circumstances or behavior is limiting their success. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and clean criminal background check. Volunteers agree to meet one-on-one with their mentee for at least one year. These meetings can be at any location the mentor and mentee agree to.
Program Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) matches youth who are at-risk for low achievement socially, emotionally and economically with a volunteer mentor who is able to provide support, guidance and friendship; thereby helping the youth to become confident, competent and caring individuals. BBBS has several professional social workers to asssess/recommend both youth and volunteers. The social worker provides volunteers training and encouragement, introduces you to the parent(s) and the youth, shares information, establishes boundaries and roles and provides advice and support if needed. The volunteer and the youth determine when and where they will meet, but BBBS posts monthly group opportunities if the volunteer and youth desire this.
Orgnanization Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Contact Name: Leanne Williams
Contact Title: Program Manager
Contact Phone: (605) 334-1632
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org