Site-Based Mentoring

Site-based mentoring programs support elementary school children by sending adult and high school volunteers to meet with them at their schools.

School Buddies: Bigs in Schools

In 2011, BBBS of NEI partnered with the United Way of Allen County to combine our site-based program with the United Way's "School Buddies" and formed "School Buddies:  Bigs in Schools." Caring adults agree to spend one hour a week during lunch with a Little Brother or Little Sister with whom they are carefully matched. Bigs and Littles can eat lunch together, read in the library, play on the playground or just talk. They meet once a week at an assigned time during the school year and can write to each other over the summer.

Real Men Read

The Real Men Read program matches male volunteers with an elementary school of their choosing.  Four to five times throughout the school year, these men read to a second or third grade class.

Why be a Real Men Read Volunteer?

Through 3rd grade, students are learning to read; after 3rd grade, students are reading to learn.

In Allen County, more than 1,000 third graders do not pass the literacy portion of ISTEP and experts estimate that 74% of these children never catch up.

Less than half of low income boys in Allen County are passing 3rd grade reading compared to 61% of low income girls

  • Boys will see men model the importance of reading and all students will see positive role models
  • Students listen to a fluent reader and follow along, improving their own reading skills
  • Each student receives books to build their own home library

To receive more information about Real Men Read, please call 888-456-1600.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.