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For more than 32 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties(BBBSMMC) has been recognized as the premier one-to-one mentoring organization serving Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Since 1976, we have matched children with responsible, caring adult mentors. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children who are facing emotional, social and academic challenges. Through professionally supported relationships with a caring adult, Big Brothers Big Sisters assists the children in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals.
We match caring adult volunteers with children who need mentors. These children are typically between the ages of 6 and 14. However, once matched, a child may remain enrolled in the program until age 18 or graduation from high school, and many of the friendships continue long afterward.
Our services are available to all children residing within Monmouth or Middlesex Counties who face social, emotional or academic challenges and are provided regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender or creed. Our Little Brothers and Little Sisters are regular kids. They like video games, riding their bikes, and watching cartoons. Since many of them are from single-parent households, they just need an additional adult in their lives - someone to try new things with; someone who'll help them discover new possibilities; someone who cares; someone who can be their friend. Without a volunteer to be their Big Brother or Sister, these children are more likely to "slip through the cracks" one day and head in the wrong direction.
The primary components of our programs that make them so successful are:
1. Rigorous screening to ensure appropriate matches, including enrollment interviews, personal reference checks and criminal background checks;
2. Comprehensive and ongoing training for volunteers in areas of human needs, child development, relationship building, and single-parent families;
3. Ongoing supervision and support of matches; matches are regularly monitored by professional staff to ensure that the child and volunteer have the support they need for their relationship to thrive.