BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS: > School-Based: This mentoring program pairs high school and adult volunteers with children in elementary school. All meetings occur on school grounds during the school day. Commitment: one hour a week during the school year with phone or electronic contact during school breaks. > Community-Based: This type of mentoring is the original Big Brothers Big Sisters program that most people are familiar with. Adult Bigs meet one-to-one with their Littles 2-4 times per month and spend time together doing various activities they both enjoy: taking a walk, going fishing, going to a sports game, cooking, baking, or just hanging out and talking. Age range: 6-16 years old. Commitment: Meet for an hour or more 2-4 times per month > McLaughlin Youth Center : In this program, local juvenile detention center residents are matched with volunteers 21+ who meet with them at the facility once a week and then transition into our community-based program when the youth is released from McLaughlin. Youth matched are generally between 14-18 years old. Commitment: one hour a week during visitation hours, transitioning to a more flexible schedule when the youth is released from McLaughlin. > Foster Care Mentoring: Volunteers 25+ are matched with youth who are currently in or have aged out of the foster care system. Volunteers meet and stay in contact with these youth once a week. Activities can range from job hunting, to school applications, to simply hanging out. Youth range in ages 14-21 years old.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Minimum commitment is 1 year for all programs.
- High School students are eligible for the School-Based program.