Community Based (Traditional) Mentoring
Our Community Based Mentoring Program pairs at-risk youth between the ages of 7 and 15, in long-term, one-to-one relationships with adult volunteer mentors (who are at least 19 years old). ‘Littles’ and ‘Bigs’ are paired on the basis of personality, common interests, the child’s needs and the volunteer’s strengths. Together, the Big and Little decide on their outings and activities within the community. Although the program concludes after the ‘Little’ graduates High School, many relationships last a lifetime.
Site Based Mentoring
Site Based Mentoring pairs college students and working professionals with elementary and middle school students who may be in need of additional academic support or personal encouragement in a supervised group setting at a school or community site. Mentoring is typically 1 hour per week during the school year.
A variation of our community based program, which allows a married or partnered couple to mentor together. Being in a Big Couples match means you will be paired one-to-one with a deserving child between the age of 7 and 15. To serve our growing population of young men, BBBSOS highly encourages Big Couples to consider being matched with a boy.
Beyond School Walls
Beyond School Walls Companies partner with local elementary and middle schools to bring groups of their students out of the classroom and into the workplace. Curriculum includes structured STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based activities and mentoring sessions that will engage students in positive, empowering mentoring relationships, as well as excite them about learning and career exploration, particularly in STEM fields.
To inquire about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, please call or email Taylor Millspaugh at 401-921-2434 x 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.