Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America have received national recognition for improving the attitudes, behaviors and relationships of at-risk children and adolescents. Locally, the Long Island chapter has a proven track record of enriching the lives of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ through participation in its mentoring programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s community-based mentoring programs create professionally supported one-to-one matches between local youth and caring adult volunteers.
‘Bigs’ are matched with children who could significantly benefit from additional support and guidance due to family or environmental factors.
BBBSLI volunteers, who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, commit to being a mentor for at least one year. During that time, they pledge to meet with their ‘Little’ a minimum of twice a month for about two to four hours.
Together our matches enjoy many affordable and enriching activities, including:
Every one of our matches is unique. They may meet on weekends or weekday evenings. It all depends on how chosen activities fit into the schedules of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles.’
BBBSLI interviews, screens and trains all its volunteer mentors. We monitor all matches throughout the life of the relationship.
Our site-based programs match volunteer mentors with children who could benefit from a positive role model. Matches meet in a supervised setting at a pre-determined site.
In regular meetings, high school and college mentors may provide homework assistance, friendship and, of course, a positive influence.
Through one-to-one interactions and group activities, mentees gain confidence and build leadership skills. Young mentors learn what it’s like to make a positive impact on their community.
Long Island high schools that participate in our program include:
Workplace mentoring programs give students the opportunity to visit real job sites and engage in one-to-one relationships with successful Long Island professionals. The program focuses on helping local youth explore careers and set personal goals.
We currently partner with these two organizations:
Through participation in these programs, our ‘Littles’ typically show tremendous improvement in crucial aspects of their lives, including school attendance, drug use and criminal behavior.