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Mentor a child in Merrimack Valley "Big Friends Little Friends"

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ORGANIZATION: Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

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BIG FRIENDS LITTLE FRIENDS
www.fsmv.org/programs-overview/youth-development/mentoring/

"Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story"- Josh Shipp

Big Friends Little Friends
(formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence) believes that every child deserves at least one caring adult in their life.

Did you know that...Youth with a Mentor are:
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 81% more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
Description

Mentors open doors and challenge young minds. Matches spend time in the community doing fun things they both enjoy, exploring interests, and building a relationship. A mentor might 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 watching a movie. Mentors have the opportunity to be a true friend to a child in need. Matches are made with consideration to such things as geographic location, interests and personalities.

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley matches children aged 6-14 with a caring adult who serves as a role model and friend. Once a match is made, mentors and mentees meet once a week for 1.5-2 hours or 3-4 hours every other week. A few hours a month can have a lifelong impact!

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. After 6 months of being matched with a mentee, mentors are eligible to receive a $50 gas gift card to help offset the cost of driving within the community.

The program offers a variety of mentorship options

  • Traditional 1:1 Mentoring - Mentors and mentees meet 1:1 on their own out in the community.
  • Mentor with a Partner - Two mentors spend time with one mentee, either at the same time or alternating schedules (spouse, friend, or co-worker).
  • Family Matches - An option that involves your family. Typically, one adult takes the lead as the primary mentor, but all the family members participate in match outings and contribute to the mentoring 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 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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Lawrence, MA 01840

(42.70734,-71.16119)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • 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.
  • It's flexible, we'll work with your schedule! Talk to us about any concerns you have about the time commitment!

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