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To provide children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Do you have just four hours a month to dedicate to changing the life of a child? That's truly all it takes to make an impact!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) is a non-profit organization that is a leader in youth mentoring services. Since 1973, BBBSN has been developing positive mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of youth in our community, ages 6 through 18. Our mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBSN is the local agency of a national organization with over 100 years of history in providing mentors to youth who need them the most.
BBBSN's Site Based Mentoring program works directly in schools, with school principals, counselors and teachers to enhance a child's ability to learn, interact with their peers and reduce risky behavior and negative influences. Typically, the youth are ages 8 to 12, and are from low income and at-risk environments. We partner closely with eight elementary school sites within the Clark County School District.
Program staff from BBBSN are continuously and actively involved in every mentoring experience. Staff provide liaison with the school, support for mentors and families.
Site meetings are scheduled Monday through Friday during the school year. All matches at a site meet together on the same day and time for one hour per week. We ask for a minimum of a one year commitment to the program. The Bigs become very important in the life of their Littles.
Our Community Based program is the more traditional mentoring program of BBBSN. Carefully screened and trained mentors are matched with children in the community who can benefit from an additional caring and positive adult in their life. Over 90% of these children are being raised in a single parent household or, by grandparents - a growing population. These matches engage in activities in the community and on a schedule arranged between the Big, Little and parent or guardian. Matches meet a handful of times a month, doing activities in the community that the Big and Little enjoy together. We strive to support these matches so they stay together for years, or for life.