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It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs (mentors) meet with them there, whether it's in the classroom or on the playground. During the school year, School-based Bigs and Littles meet at the same time each week for 30-60 minutes. In the summer, they maintain contact through phone calls, email or mail, or Big Brothers Big Sisters sponsored events.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County offers mentoring at several schools in Madison and Sun Prairie. Volunteer enrollment for school-based mentoring is seasonal, and space is limited. We are currently enrolling volunteers to begin mentoring at several of our sites.
And it works! Research has shown that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip a class
33% less likely to hit someone
Although it takes place at schools, our School-Based Mentoring program isn't limited to the classroom. Bigs and Littles talk about class, do homework, or read together, but they also shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring a child to reach their full potential.
RESTRICTIONS: School-based mentors must be at least 18 years old and be willing to meet weekly with their Little for a minimum of 2 calendar years (4 semesters), although occasional excused absences are acceptable.
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Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Once per week during the school year.
must meet for a minimum 2 school years (4 semesters)