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.
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.
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.
Big Buddies Program at UVM:
BBBS of Vermont and the University of Vermont's student run Big Buddies student club have joined forces to provide exciting opportunities for college students to mentor local elementary school students in Burlington. Volunteer "Bigs" meet with their "Littles" at school once a week to play games, participate in sports, work on homework, you name it!
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 and "Littles" from Townshend Elementary and Newbrook Elementary School with Bigs from Leland & Gray.
Beyond School Walls Workplace Mentoring:
Middle-High School Students:
Companies can give back to their community by hosting children from area schools in real-life work and higher education environments for an average of 15 sessions a year. Volunteer “Bigs” meet twice a month for 1.5 hours with their mentees (“Littles”) to build personal relationships while discussing topics that aid youth in personal and leadership development. The Bigs help their Littles create a vision for a positive future.
Bigs from local businesses are matched with Littles in 1st-5th grades. One day every other week, Littles spend one hour with their Bigs, one-to-one at their place of business. Activities include sharing a snack, playing games, helping with homework touring the workplace, and more.
If your company is based in Vermont, has at least 5 employees interested in becoming Bigs, and you would like to learn more about Beyond School Walls and how you too can get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org