HOW IT WORKS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida provides children facing adversity with caring mentors who provide individual guidance and support. We are committed to serving the children who needs us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. Our wide variety of programs allow us to pair children ages 6 to 17 with role models who focus on meeting specific academic, emotional, or social needs of their Littles.
The Big and Little participate in activities out in the community that they both enjoy. Four hours a month are filled with shared interests and activities like: playing catch, arts and crafts, taking a walk, going to a museum, or just hanging out and talking. Scheduling is flexible for both parties, such as meeting after school or on the weekends.
General Site-Based Mentoring:
Although Site-Based Mentoring typically takes place at schools, it isn’t limited to the classroom. Of course, some Littles do talk with their Bigs about class, do homework, or read together, but some matches shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground. At the end of the day, it’s really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and encouraging higher aspirations
In partnership with corporations, we are able to provide mentoring for high school students in a professional setting. Twice per month, students are transported to a workplace, where they spend an hour and a half exploring various professional topics, developing their resume, exploring career options, as well as having the opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring from their Big.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. We then match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. Lastly, we are committed to providing careful and consistent support throughout the lifetime of the match relationship, so that it can grow into a lasting, fruitful friendship.
For more information about all of our programs, contact Glen Marie Hamilton at GMHamilton@bbbscfl.org or 407.478.2996 ext. 114.