Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to children facing adversity; School Based Mentoring is just another way in which we do that, and one of the great things about this program is that high school students are eligible to be Bigs.
Two ways to Start Something
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS: Afterschool mentors volunteer for 1.5 hours, one afternoon per week during the school year. There are currently four afterschool sites, all in the cities of Lorain and Elyria. Volunteers and their Littles do homework, read together, play games and talk about their days. Afterschool volunteers must be 14, have transportation to their selected site and be able to commit to at least one calendar year of mentoring (not just a school year). Many afterschool volunteers are high school students, but some are college students and adults from the community. The afterschool programs are a great option for those who want to work with a Little but would like a little more structure than the Community Based program.
LUNCH BUDDIES: Lunch Buddies visit their Little over the child's lunch period at school. Many Lunch Buddy matches play games, work on homework or do crafts, but some matches would rather just talk and catch up on their weeks. Lunch Buddies are at elementary schools throughout the county, so it will be easy to find a location close to your home or workplace!