DARKE COUNTY – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce their 20th year of programming for their after-school “Big Buddies” mentorship program. Fun and energetic high school students are needed for the 2019-2020 school year to mentor local elementary students. This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to give back to their community, receive service hours toward graduation requirements, be eligible for scholarships, add the experience to employment applications, and make a difference in the life of a child.
Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The agency will be utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum which focuses on violence prevention, social & emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character & values, and bullying prevention.
High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a vision for all youth to achieve their full potential. Their mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. By partnering with parents, guardians, volunteers, and others in the community; BBBS is held accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles”, but for high school volunteers as well.
If you or someone you know would like to become a Big Buddy and make a difference in the life of a child, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County at (937) 492-7611, (937) 547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way member agency.