A program for everyone
One to One Mentoring is what we do. And we've been doing it since 1904.
The goal of our Community-Based program is to open children's eyes to the opportunities outside their immediate environment. Matches go on outings and participate in low cost/no cost activities in the community, such as: going to a museum, biking, hiking, cooking, inspiring each other to learn new things or just spending time together and talking. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Although it takes place at schools, our Site-Based Mentoring program isn't limited to the classroom. Some Littles talk with their Bigs about class, do homework, or read together; others play board games, shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. Along with providing academic support, this mentoring program provides friendship, guidance and inspires Littles to reach their full potential.
A combination of school and community mentoring. Matches meet weekly at the Little's school during lunchtime/recess while school is in session. Matches are also able to spend time in the community after school, on weekends, and during school vacation.
Matches meet one to two times per month and participate in sports-based activities. Sports Buddies activities are designed to deepen mentoring relationships while supporting self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill-development and healthy lifestyles. Activities range from spectator sports such as professional, collegiate and high school basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball to participatory activities such as kickball, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking and fishing, biking, kayaking, bowling or golf. The possibilities are endless!
Bigs in BlueSM:
a one-to-one youth 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. Each officer is required to commit to a minimum of one year in the program and meet with their Little for at least two hours per month. Officers are vetted and trained just like all our civilian volunteer mentors.
A partnership of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont and the Mahana Magic Foundation matches children and youth who have been impacted by a loved one's cancer with an adult that understands the unique challenges they face and provides a safe space to express emotions around their loved one's illness, and also take some time to have fun.
High School Bigs Mentoring Program powered by The Stratton Foundation
BBBSVT has teamed up with The Stratton Foundation to match "Littles" from Currier and Manchester Elementary Middle School with "Bigs" from Burr & Burton Academy. New addition for the 2022/23 school year: The Dorset School
Beyond School Walls
Littles are engaged in a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a business professional. Match meetings normally occur on at least a monthly basis during the school year, typically where the Big works; and the Big and Little participate in educational programming focused on workforce readiness, including career exploration, professional skill development, and team building activities.
Provide friendship and positive guidance, share your interests and hobbies, and inspire a young person to broaden their sense of what’s possible...virtually! You can meet with a child “remotely” by video-conference, email, texting, phone calls and good-old-fashioned mail. You'll also have use of a secure messaging program "TheApp" designed specifically for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Virtual mentorships can change to in-person relationships later, depending on the needs and preferences of participants.