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Big Brothers and Big Sisters are, first and foremost, friends to children. They are volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a child. By spending as little as an hour a week with a child, "Bigs" share everyday activities that create magical memories and enrich the lives of all involved.
Site Based (Bigs in Schools):
The mentor joins his/her mentee at school one day each week during the recess-lunch period.
Mentors and mentees participate in activities such as eating lunch together, practicing academics, playing a game, or just taking a walk on the school grounds.
Children who receive one-to-one mentoring lead enriching lives because they are exposed to a different perspective of the world. Simple activities like baking cookies, a trip to a Tigers game, ice skating, scrapbooking, or going to the zoo may be a brand new experience for a child and can expand his or her interests, build knowledge and increase self-esteem.
Youth with a Big Brother or Big Sister are less likely to skip school, start using drugs or resort to violence than peers who are not in the program. They are also more confident in their performance in school and get along better with peers and family members.