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Youth Mentors Needed! Big Friends Little Friends

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Community Mentoring - Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 176 people are interested
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Youth with a Mentor are:
55% more likely to enroll in college
81% more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
130% more likely to hold leadership positions


"A Mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."


Family Services of the Merrimack Valley matches children aged 6-14 with caring adults to serve as a role model and friend to a child in need of support through its Big Friends Little Friends (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence). Once a match is made, mentor and mentee meet once a week for 1.5 - 2 hours each visit. There is a 1-year minimum commitment to ensure mentees have a positive and beneficial experience. Matches spend time in the community having fun, exploring interests, and building a relationship.

We serve mentees living in the cities and towns of: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury

*Please be aware that the ability to meet in person with your mentee is subject to change based on how the COVID situation in our community and state changes.*

Mission Statement

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley empowers, nurtures and support children and families through life’s challenges to help them reach their full potential. To achieve that mission, we aim to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth through a robust menu of mentoring programs. Family Services’ youth mentoring that provides caring adult volunteers who offer support, guidance, and friendship to children in need. We match each child we serve with a mentor who believes in them. We offer our mentors the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with exposing a child to new perspectives and possibilities.

Description

Mentors open doors and challenge young minds. Outings might be recreational, character building, or educational. A mentor could provide the first opportunity for a child to explore a museum, hike a mountain, or join a sports team. They may be the only adult in the child's life who can consistently devote time to just hanging out, one-on-one. The most common outings are as simple as walking in the park, baking a cake, or renting a movie. Mentors have the opportunity to be a true friend to a child in need.

The program offers a variety of mentorship options:
Traditional 1 on 1 Mentoring - Mentors and mentees get together on their own. They spend time in the community doing activities such as shooting hoops, visiting a museum, or doing a craft. Matches are made with consideration to such things as geographic location, interests and personalities.

Mentor with a partner (spouse, friend, co-worker) - A community-based mentoring match where two mentors spend time with one mentee - either at the same time or alternating schedules.

Family Matches - A community-based mentoring match in which an entire family is involved. Typically one adult takes the lead as the primary mentor, but all of the family members contribute to the mentorship relationship.

Cross-gender Matches - A match in which a female mentor is paired with a boy aged 12 years old or younger. (There are many more boys than girls waiting for a mentor in the Big Friends Little Friends program.)


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About Community Mentoring - Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

Location:

430 North Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, US

Mission Statement

Our Community Mentoring Programs aim to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth. We are a volunteer organization that provides support, guidance, and friendship to children by matching youngsters to adult role models. We match each child we serve with a mentor who believes in them. We offer our mentors the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with exposing a child to new perspectives and possibilities.

Description

Mentors open doors and challenge young minds. Outings might be recreational, character building, or educational. A mentor could provide the first opportunity for a child to explore a museum, hike a mountain, or join a sports team. They may be the only adult in the child's life who can consistently devote time to just hanging out, one-on-one. The most common outings are as simple as walking in the park, baking a cake, or renting a movie. Mentors have the opportunity to be a true friend to a child in need.

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

430 North Canal StreetLawrence, MA 01840

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for mentors to commit to meet with their mentee for at least one year, though many of our matches develop lasting friendships and continue to meet after this time.
  • We understand 'life' happens - talk to us about any concerns you have about the time commitment!

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