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Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring

Hundreds of families seek mentoring services through Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring each year - we can’t serve them without volunteers like you!

Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring is...

Founded in 1902, Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring strives to transform the lives of children through one-to-one mentoring, while strengthening entire families in hardship.

In Bigs & Littles NYC’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-19, are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying a show or ballgame, working together on a service project, or spending time talking and exploring NYC. Matches are supported by life skills programming, crisis intervention, family support, and referral assistance as well as a dedicated Professional Program Manager to oversee and guide the match relationship. This mentoring model has been the core of Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring mission for over a century. Our goal is for all young people to be empowered to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential. We know the program works: 100% of our kids avoid pregnancy, 100% avoid arrest, 93% are promoted to the next grade, 100% graduate High School and 100% matriculate into college or a training program.

A Match is...

  • The relationship between a Big (volunteer mentor) and a Little (mentee)
  • Bigs serve as positive role models and friends who help Littles set and accomplish goals
  • Bigs and Littles plan and participate in fun activities together which form a lasting impact for both individuals
  • Supported by a Match Coordinator (Masters level social worker or equivalent) at the agency

Bigs are ...

  • 21 years old or older
  • Interested in mentoring a Little of the same gender, age 7-17, who lives in the five boroughs
  • Willing and able to finance match outings (low or no-cost outings are highly encouraged)
  • Willing to pick up / drop off Little for outings if the Little doesn’t travel independently
  • From all walks of life! Men, people of color, volunteers ages 50+, individuals of all faith backgrounds, and Spanish speakers highly encouraged to apply

Big and Little matches connect...

  • Over time: Bigs and Littles each commit to the match relationship for at least one year
  • Face-to-face: twice per month for about eight total hours (usually on the weekends)
  • Over the phone: once weekly to catch up
  • To learn skills: workshops are offered throughout the year at the Bigs & Littles NYC office for hands-on match support and skill-building

Interested? Contact us...

  • On the internet: BigsLittlesNYC/volunteers
  • On the phone: 212-475-3291 x211
  • On social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Mentoring not a good fit right now? Get in touch to learn how you can support us with volunteer recruitment, donor cultivation, and other engagement opportunities at Bigs & Littles NYC.

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About Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring

Location:

137 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009, US

Mission Statement

Founded in 1902, Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring strives to transform the lives of children through one-to-one mentoring, while strengthening entire families in hardship.

Description

In Bigs & Littles NYC’s keystone mentoring program, youth ages 7-19, are carefully matched with a Big Sister or Big Brother who serves as an adviser, role model, and adult friend. Mentoring matches meet twice monthly for activities such as enjoying a show or ballgame, working together on a service project, or spending time talking and exploring NYC. Matches are supported by life skills programming, crisis intervention, family support, and referral assistance as well as a dedicated Professional Program Manager to oversee and guide the match relationship. This mentoring model has been the core of Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring mission for over a century. Our goal is for all young people to be empowered to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential. We know the program works: 100% of our kids avoid pregnancy, 100% avoid arrest, 93% are promoted to the next grade, 100% graduate High School and 100% matriculate into college or a training program.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

137 East 2nd Street2nd FloorNew York, NY 10009

(40.72301,-73.98637)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Spanish
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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