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Sibling Support Program

Our Sibling Support Program, which is part of our Community Based Mentoring Program, specifically focuses on matching the siblings of special needs children with a volunteer mentor. Mentors can provide the additional support and individualized attention a sibling may be seeking. The volunteers meet with the children regularly, sharing activities, experiences and friendship.

Raising a child with special needs presents unique challenges. Parents often feel pulled in several different directions and there may be times when other children in the family need additional attention. Siblings often share many of the concerns that parents of children with special needs experience, including isolation and apprehension about the future.

A Sibling Support match is designed to enrich the life of a child by providing one-to-one interaction and support for issues commonly faced by a special needs sibling including resentment, peer issues, embarrassment and pressure to achieve.

For more information about our Sibling Support program visit: www.bbbsli.org or call (516) 731-7880 X212

Role models make an impact

Mentoring is preventative! National and local studies show that children with mentors show improvements in school attendance, performance, self-confidence and the ability to make good decisions. They also have improved relationships with their family and friends. Children with mentors are significantly less likely to drop out of school. Having a mentor also makes children less likely to engage in drug and gang activity.

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