School Based Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, Inc.
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.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, Inc.
536 N. Jackson Street, P.O. Box 1802, Jackson, MI 49204, US
Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches caring adults with children for one hour each week in school. They read together, play board games or just talk. Children benefit; adults feel like a kid again.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides opportunities for volunteers of all ages to be friends to children who need extra time and attention to succeed in school and with family and peers. Volunteers are needed to be school-based mentors to children whose teachers have referred them for individualized one-on-one concentrated time. Typically, an hour each week talking about what is on the child's mind, reading the newspaper together or puzzling over a class assignment, has a positive impact on the child's attitude about school and academic achievement, while putting a little fun and extra meaning into the volunteer's day and week. Volunteers are also needed for our Community Based program requiring one hour per week commitment to the child. Activities can include: riding bicycles, walking, going to a movie, running errands, or just hanging out. Volunteers enroll through Big Brothers Big Sisters and following an interview, references and a background check, are oriented to their program and introduced to a little brother or little sister by BBBS staff. Regular support is available to assure that the relationship builds over time, and any logistical problems are resolved. Teachers report that children with Bigs have an improved attitude about school, better relationships with peer and adults, and improved academic performance.