(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The school-based mentoring program is not only beneficial for the little, but there is a lot to gain for the big as well!
The school-based mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is designed to bring bigs and littles together at school or site on the same day and time each week. The program is supervised by BBBS staff and takes place during the school day or after school. The program occurs October through April.
The mentor will spend 45 minutes once a week supporting his/her Little in a variety of ways. During these weekly meetings, matches might work on homework, eat lunch together, play board games, participate in an arts and crafts project, or simply hang out together.
“I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters because I like to work with little kids. The experience I have had so far has been great. It has been fun and full of activities. I have gained a great relationship with my Little.”
“Learning from a younger generation can change your outlook on life.”
Program activities are implemented to target specific competencies and skills in children, such as relationship building, communication, social engagement, teamwork, social awareness, empathy, appreciating diversity, goal-setting, and education expectations, financial literacy, prevention of risky behaviors, and healthy living.
The little’s have the opportunity to learn from their mentors, make friends and more while the bigs themselves have a lot to gain as well. Benefits to high school mentors include volunteer experience that can be featured on a job or college application, BBBS staff references and letters of recommendation, experience working and interacting with children, and leadership and relationship building skills.
Criteria for High School Mentors:
- Must be a freshman in high school or older
- Willing to meet a face-to-face with Little once a week during the school year
- Must be willing to make at least a 2-year commitment
- Must complete required training
- Must submit a background check (if over 18)
- Must maintain regular contact with BBBS staff for match support
Enrollment Process for a High School Mentor:
- Complete an application
- Participate in an in-person interview
- Provide references: one personal reference, one parent reference, and a reference for another BBBS agency or other service organization where you may have volunteered previously
- Participate in mentor training that includes child safety information
- Complete a background check if over the age of 18
Current Sites Where we have BBBS Programs:
- Carrollton Middle and High School
- Brown Local Elementary and Middle School
- Tusky Valley Middle School
- Claymont Intermediate School
- Newcomerstown West Elementary School
- New Philadelphia East Elementary
- New Philadelphia West Elementary (takes place at The Salvation Army)
- Dover South Elementary School
- Dover East Elementary School
- Dover Avenue Elementary School
- Strasburg Franklin Elementary and Middle School