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The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact.
Our vision is to ultimately provide a successful mentoring relationship to every Central Florida child who wants or needs one.
BBBSCFL has one core mission: to improve the lives of children through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Independent studies have clearly shown that mentoring is an effective preventative service that improves childrenâ s lives by increasing self-confidence, decision-making skills, school attendance, and academic success. Mentoring is also proven to decrease levels of truancy, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and school drop-out rates. By partnering with local corporations, businesses, and schools, BBBSCFL is able to recruit, screen, and train adult volunteers to serve as mentors to children throughout Central Florida. BBBSCFL runs two distinct mentoring programs: 1) school-based mentoring, 2) community-based mentoring.
BBBSCFLâ s school-based mentoring program is designed to serve the lowest 20% academically performing children throughout Central Florida. The program matches adult volunteer mentors in a one-to-one relationship with individual children. Mentors (Bigs) meet with their children (Littles) once a week throughout the school year. The pair work together on an education plan geared to improve the childâ s academic performance and future success. In addition, the pair spends time each week reading, talking, laughing, and building a positive relationship that teaches virtues needed beyond strict academic learning. These mentoring relationships work toward a healthy and holistic development of each child.
The community-based mentoring program is designed as a recreational program where Bigs meet twice a month with their Little and spend quality time together. Relationships are built on consistency and reliability â something many of our children lack in todayâ s society. Bigs are able to dedicate one-to-one time with their Littles, showing them that they are important and of value. This support enhances family values and helps foster trust, self-worth, and healthy development in our children. A Big is a true support to families in need, while a Little is a true friend who provides a level of satisfaction, pride, and self-worth to the volunteer as well. It's a true "win-win" relationship!