SITE BASED

SCHOOL BUDDIES

The best place to help a child realize his/her potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. Whether you play board games or read the newspaper together, your relationship promotes a positive school experience for the child: good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, a positive attitude and academic enrichment.
Whether it’s reading a book, eating lunch, or shooting hoops, School Buddies is really about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring children to reach their full potential.
Volunteers and children meet once a week during the child’s 45 minute lunch break, utilizing resources available within the school: computer labs, the library, the gym, a classroom, or the playground. 

REAL MEN READ

REAL MEN READ is an easy volunteer-driven program that brings MENtors from the community into the classrooms to:
  • Read to 2nd and 3rd grade students
  • Encourage literacy and a love for learning among children
Real Men Read Volunteers:
  • Are assigned to a school of their choice (FWCS, EACS, ENSC)
  • Read 5 times throughout the school year
  • Are provided with 5 books to read
  • Will give each student 5 books to take home to build their own home library
  • Are 18 years of age or older
Students benefit from our Real Men Read program!
  • 98% of teachers consider RMR volunteers to be a VALUABLE resource to help students build their literacy skills
  • 89% of teachers are confident the RMR program us helping students achieve higher literacy performance
  • 89% of teachers are able to identify specific examples of how students have benefitted from RMR
Any male who loves to read and is interested in making a positive difference in the lives of children, please complete a required and short Real Men Read application today by clicking the link below.
APPLICATION
For more information call (260) 456-1600 or email Terry at [email protected]:

CONSERVATION BUDDIES

Conservation Buddies is an outdoor program that educates Littles on the importance of conservation and learning more about their local ecosystems. Kids are given opportunities to learn how to take proper care of natural resources and ways to protect wildlife. Some activities include archery, fishing, gardening, bird watching, hunter education, gun safety, and apiary (bees). Our annual Brad Miller Campout event brings matches and waitlist Littles together for a campout opportunity of their life and to learn about the great outdoors. We have previously introduced 200 Littles in our program to the outdoors and nature conservation.
Activities in our Conservation Buddies program include (but are not limited to)!
Fishing – Archery – Gardening – Hunter Education
Gun Safety – Apiary (Bees) – Brad Miller Campout – Birdwatch
CONTACT:
For more information call (260) 456-1600 or email Nate Hoeffel at [email protected]

FIRST MENTORS

First Mentors is a program focused on introducing high school students to volunteering and mentoring while also engaging our Littles waiting for Big. First Mentors is a bi-weekly after school activity that matches high school students with elementary-aged Littles.

ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

BBBSNEI now offers one-time volunteer opportunities! Some of these opportunities are being a driver for our Littles, chaperoning First Friends activities, volunteering at our special events, AND MORE.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

If your child's school is not on the list or if you are a guidance counselor, teacher, or administrator and would like to begin this program at your school: please contact us.

Allen County
Arcola
Brentwood
Fairfield
Franke Park
Forest Park
Haley
Harrison Hill
Holland
Huntertown
Levan Scott
Lindley
Lincoln
Maplewood
Nebraska
New Haven Intermediate
New Haven Primary

Northcrest
Price
Prince Chapman
Shambaugh
South Wayne
Southwick Elementary
Study
Washington
Waynedale

Adams County
Northwest
Adams Central

Branch County (MI)
Max Larsen
Jefferson

Dekalb County
Butler (K-6)
Country Meadow
JR Watson
McKenney Harrison
JE Ober (K-4)
Waterloo

Hillsdale County (MI)
Bailey
Davis Middle School
Gier

Huntington County
Flint Springs
Lincoln
Roanoke

Kosciusko County
Leesburg
Lincoln
Harrison
Madison
Washington
Milford Pierceton
Syracuse

LaGrange County
Parkside

Whitley County
Coesse
Mary Raber

Noble County
Central Noble
Northside
Rome City
Southside
Wayne Center
West Noble

Steuben County
Angola Middle School
Fremont
Carlin Park
Wells County
Bluffton-Harrison
Southern Wells

 

SITE BASED

SCHOOL BUDDIES

The best place to help a child realize his/her potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. Whether you play board games or read the newspaper together, your relationship promotes a positive school experience for the child: good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, a positive attitude and academic enrichment.

Whether it’s reading a book, eating lunch, or shooting hoops, School Buddies is really about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring children to reach their full potential.

Volunteers and children meet once a week during the child’s 45 minute lunch break, utilizing resources available within the school: computer labs, the library, the gym, a classroom, or the playground. 

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

For more information call (260) 456-1600 or email us:

CONSERVATION BUDDIES

Conservation Buddies is an outdoor program that educates Littles on the importance of conservation and learn more about their local ecosystems. Kids are given opportunities to learn how to take proper care of natural resources and ways to protect wildlife. Some activities include archery, fishing, gardening, bird watching, hunter education, gun safety, and apiary (bees). Our annual Brad Miller Campout event brings matches and waitlist Littles together for a campout opportunity of their life and to learn about the great outdoors. We have previously introduced 200 Littles in our program to the outdoors and nature conservation.

Activities in our Conservation Buddies program include (but are not limited to)!

Fishing – Archery – Gardening – Hunter Education – Gun Safety – Apiary (Bees) – Brad Miller Campout – Birdwatch

For more information call (260) 456-1600 or email us:

FIRST MENTORS

First Mentors is a program focused on introducing high school students to volunteering and mentoring while also engaging our Littles waiting for Big. First Mentors is a bi-weekly after school activity that matches high school students with elementary-aged Littles.

ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

BBBSNEI now offers one-time volunteer opportunities! Some of these opportunities are being a driver for our Littles, chaperoning First Friends activities, volunteering at our special events, AND MORE.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

If your child's school is not on the list or if you are a guidance counselor, teacher, or administrator and would like to begin this program at your school: please contact us.

Allen County
Arcola
Brentwood
Fairfield
Franke Park
Forest Park
Haley
Harrison Hill
Holland
Huntertown
Levan Scott
Lindley
Lincoln
Maplewood
Nebraska
New Haven Intermediate
New Haven Primary

Northcrest
Price
Prince Chapman
Shambaugh
South Wayne
Southwick Elementary
Study
Washington
Waynedale

Adams County
Northwest
Adams Central

Branch County (MI)
Max Larsen
Jefferson

Dekalb County
Butler (K-6)
Country Meadow
JR Watson
McKenney Harrison
JE Ober (K-4)
Waterloo

Hillsdale County (MI)
Bailey
Davis Middle School
Gier

Huntington County
Flint Springs
Lincoln
Roanoke

Kosciusko County
Leesburg
Lincoln
Harrison
Madison
Washington
Milford Pierceton
Syracuse

LaGrange County
Parkside

Whitley County
Coesse
Mary Raber

Noble County
Central Noble
Northside
Rome City
Southside
Wayne Center
West Noble

Steuben County
Angola Middle School
Fremont
Carlin Park
Wells County
Bluffton-Harrison
Southern Wells