A Little Time Together = A Big Impact.
There are lots of ways to be a Big Brother or Big Sister. Sometimes the consistency of knowing when and where you’ll meet your Little Brother or Little Sister makes for a perfect match.
In School-Based mentoring, Bigs and Littles meet weekly at a consistent time and place throughout the school year. At the match site, which is typically the Little’s school or the Big’s workplace, they spend time together doing activities that are often guided by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Matches play games, work on crafts, do shared projects or homework — anything they can do together at their site.
The Littles in our School-Based Mentoring program are elementary and middle-school students from 15 different Twin Cities schools. Just like in our traditional Community-Based Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff are there to support you every step of the way to help your match flourish. Sometimes, like with Beyond School Walls and High School Bigs programs, our staff are on-site whenever the matches meet to offer support and lead activities.
Beyond School Walls
Mentoring is good for kids and good for business. In our innovative Beyond Schools Walls program, we bring the Littles right to the workplace twice monthly for lunch, fun and learning. Activities can include career explorations, arts and crafts, games and guided conversations. Big Brothers Big Sisters staff are present to provide support, coordinate activities and ensure safety.
The Littles get a glimpse into a corporate setting that can open their imaginations to a wide variety of careers while developing a one-on-one bond with a caring adult. And the Bigs benefit too. They report a higher sense of job satisfaction, tend to stick with their current employer longer, and nearly all say that spending time with their Little makes them a better person.
Beyond School Walls partners provide at least 25 employee mentors, encouragement for employees to dedicate time to their Little, and a large space like a common room or cafeteria where the Bigs and Littles can meet. Corporate partners combine their philanthropy and employee engagement efforts into one meaningful program.
Thank you to our current Beyond School Walls partners. There’s always room for more!
High School Bigs
It probably comes as no surprise that younger children look up to older youth. But did you know that some Big Brothers and Big Sisters are high school students? High School Bigs are Juniors and Seniors who want to have fun and be a positive mentor for a younger child.
High Schools Bigs and their Littles make a one-to-one connection for the entire school year. They spend one hour each week together reading, doing homework, playing board games, enjoying doing arts and crafts or participating in organized activities led by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.
Transportation is provided between select high schools and the Littles’ schools. Participating high schools include Como Park Senior High School, Harding Senior High School, and Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul; and Park Senior High School in Cottage Grove.
Want to learn more?
Check out our FAQ, attend an Info Session or contact Rick Gibson, director of school programs, at 651-789-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.