An Outcome Driven, One-to-One Mentoring Model that Works to Build Big Futures
Want a rewarding, meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other? Give the invaluable gift of your friendship and become a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple today.
Being a BIG is FUN!
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
We offer a variety of programs that we always need more volunteers for.
Community-Based Mentoring: In the Community-Based (CB) program, volunteers provide youth ages 6-21 with a positive one-to-one relationship with a volunteer adult mentor. Matches typically meet two times a month for 2-3 hours. During these unstructured outings, filled with conversations and shared activities, volunteers help children manage the everyday challenges that are part of growing up.
Big Futures Mentoring: Big Futures (BF) is a natural progression from the Community-Based Program that provides enhanced support and training to eligible matches that are focused on the students’ graduation from high school and progression into independent and productive citizens. Youth may enter the program beginning in the 8th grade. BF matches will participate in a variety of activities and will be guided through the pursuit of their chosen postsecondary path: college, career or military.
Site-Based Mentoring: In the Site-Based (SB) program, a volunteer adult mentor spends lunch period once a week with a child at his/her elementary school during the school year. School guidance counselors and teachers select and refer youth ages 6-12 who may lack of access to positive role models at home and elsewhere.
Real Men Read: Nearly One-fourth (23.7%) of America’s children live in mother-only families. Real Men Read volunteers provide a positive male role model to 2nd and 3rd grade students by making 5 visits to the classroom throughout the school year to read a book and engage the students’ interest in reading.
The Helping Hands Committee: Do you have a flair for creating homemade gifts, a handy DIYer or maybe just a desire to help the mission you love? This hands on committee will meet once a month to discuss upcoming projects from special events, large match activities to holiday projects and mailings. We need your help! Contact Shelley Schwab for more information at 260-456-1600 x 2259 or email her at [email protected]
Children served have the greatest need and least opportunity.
The majority of the youth served demonstrate several risk factors: live in a single-parent family, live in poverty, have poor social relationships, have strained family relationships, and have academic or behavior problems.