Could your child benefit from a caring, compassionate adult mentor? We would love to ‘match’ your child with a special friend that will provide professionally guided and monitored friendship. For over 100 years, due in large part to private donations, we’ve been able to recruit, screen, match and support mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time.
Here is the basic criteria to enroll your child in our program, more specific criteria is listed below for each program:
1. Youth should understand what a mentoring relationship is and wants to have one.
2. Youth’s parent/guardian will support involvement in the program.
3. Youth are not a danger to themselves or others
4. Reside in Palm Beach or Martin Counties
Throughout the school year, children meet one hour once a week at participating schools and sites. Adult or high school students volunteer their time at select locations to play games, help with homework, and engage in character building activities with a child. Mentored students in this program maintain or improve their behavior, academics, attendance, are promoted to the next grade level, and complete individual case plan goals.
Children between 6-14 years old, can meet with an adult mentor a couple of times a month for an averaging about 4-6 hours. Once a volunteer is matched with a Little, they will decide together how often they will meet and what works best for their relationship and schedules. We encourage Bigs and Littles to choose activities they both enjoy.
Current high school juniors meet at Big Brothers Big Sisters twice a week over the summer to achieve skills training, meaningful work experiences, and receive placements at local businesses for mentorship. School to Work helps students improve their chances of graduating and transitioning into the workplace. While students are learning they are also earning a stipend, leadership skills, and industry experience.