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Programs 2017-10-26T22:27:11+00:00

MAKING THE CONNECTION

COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING

Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. Matches typically meet for one hour a week. Getting together is a great time for both the Big and the Little. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share the simple things you already like to do. Things like:

  • Shooting hoops

  • Playing a board game

  • Sharing a pizza

  • Taking a walk in the park

  • Hanging out and talking

SCHOOL BASED MENTORING

In school-based mentoring programs, Bigs and Littles meet for one-to-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other set location. Bigs and Littles typically meet once a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do. School-based mentoring is not a tutoring program. However, research has shown that of all children matched with a Big in school:

58% improved their school performance
65% showed higher levels of self-confidence
55% had a better attitude toward school

BIGS IN BLUE

Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships.

These relationships can help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.

On Monday, March 13th in a joint press conference, the Greenville County’s Sheriff’s Department & BBBS Upstate announced the start of this program in Upstate South Carolina. Beginning in August of 2017, approximately 30 law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Department will go to various elementary schools in Greenville County to mentor young men and women. BBBS is excited about this new program – which has a total of 7 total law enforcement agencies participating – and hopes to further expand it throughout the Upstate with many other law enforcement agencies.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

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