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All children should have a chance to thrive. Some kids need someone to help them along that path. Turns out doing something important can be incredibly simple. With children throughout Central Wisconsin waiting for a Big, there has never been a better time to volunteer as a mentor. It’ll be fun and rewarding. And our professionally trained staff will be there to support you every step of the way.
Mentoring tells a young person that there is someone in their corner. It lets them know they matter. We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time. And, right now is no different. Mentors are in high demand, so decide to make a difference today.
Community Based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model. Caring adult mentors (Bigs) are matched with children between the ages of 6 and 16 (Littles) who are often facing adversity.
Once a match has been made, Bigs and Littles spend time together out in the community doing activities that they both enjoy. It can be riding bikes, visits to museums, playing board games, simply hanging out, or whatever they decide together. It can be weekends, evenings or afterschool. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.
Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff provides training, support and guidance to Bigs to help nurture a healthy, lasting relationship between each Big and Little. We connect regularly with each Big, Little and parent/guardian to support every child’s development and provide resources where needed. And we offer optional activities and tickets to community events so Bigs and Littles never run out of new ways to spend time together.
In Site Based mentoring, Bigs and Littles meet weekly at a consistent time and place throughout the school year. At the match site, which is typically the Little’s school or Boys and Girls Club, they spend time together doing activities that are often guided by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Matches play games, work on crafts, do shared projects or homework — anything they can do together at their site.
The Littles in our Site-Based Mentoring program are elementary and middle-school students from several area schools. Just like in our traditional Community-Based Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff are there to support you every step of the way to help your match flourish.