Mentors share everyday activities and help young people to expand their horizons. Our professional staff supports these mentoring relationships, and national research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting positive impact on children’s lives. A Big Brother or Big Sister can help a young person discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a positive adult role model & friend.
Mentors are matched with a child from single-parent families. You meet with the child 2-4 times a month, either after school or on weekends. We suggest low-cost/no-cost activities so that it does not become a financial burden. You are there to be the child’s friend, mentor, and positive role model in their lives. Examples of activities include making dinner together, spending time with the volunteer’s family, home projects, school projects, homework help, or the occasional special trips. Married couples can mentor one male child or sometimes siblings as a couple’s match.
Mentors meet with their student(s) once a week for 45 minutes to an hour at the child’s school. During these weekly visits to the school, you can read together, play games, help with schoolwork, have lunch in the school cafeteria, or just talk and get to know your Little Brother or Little Sister. School Mentors do not see the child outside of school. Not available in all schools.
Beyond School Walls
The Beyond School Walls program offers our workplace partners a convenient means of bringing more volunteer opportunities directly to employees through the power of mentoring. Youth from a local school are matched one-to-one with an employee from the workplace partner for the duration of the school year. Students visit their mentor’s workplace on at least a monthly basis to explore career opportunities, develop professional skills, and interact with classmates in a real-world office setting.
LGBTQ Outreach Initiative
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware proudly serves the (LGBTQ) community. We recognize the unique challenges facing the youth of this community, half of which are “at-risk:” skipping school because of feeling unsafe and experiencing verbal harassment, suicidal thoughts and a general feeling of hopelessness, drug use, criminal behavior, and so on. Community one-to-one mentoring relationships can help LGBTQ youth confront these challenges and promote positive life and educational outcomes.
Do you love sports and fitness? Does your child? Do you enjoy sharing the joy and benefits of sports with others? Consider becoming part of our Sports Buddies program!
Sports Buddies is a community-based mentorship program that matches adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with youth (“Littles”) who have a shared interest in sports, fitness or just being active. We know that sports of various kinds – organized and recreational – promote physical and emotional health, as well as a sense of community. They’re also FUN! What better way to form and nurture a positive, empowering mentoring relationship?
Bigs in Blue
Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout the State of Delaware, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.
Steps to Becoming a Mentor:
The mentor enrollment process includes:
- a written or online application
- an in-person interview,
- a criminal background/ DE child protection registry check and three references.
- mentor training (individual or group)
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