School-based Locations and Mentoring Times
We are currently enrolling volunteers interested in mentoring at our school locations for the 2016-17 school year. Please check our 2016-2017 School-based Mentoring sites for current openings and contact our office to begin the application process!
How it Works
During the school year, School-based Bigs and Littles meet at the same time for at least one hour each week. They meet at the Little’s school during the BBBS site time.
BBBS encourages matches to work on a mix of educational and fun activities. Most matches spend half of their time on academic pursuits. The other half of the meeting is reserved for playing a game or running around outside. Each match can decide what activities they want to do based on their interests and skills.
A School-based Monitor is always present to help support the matches. Additionally, the School-based Monitors will occasionally facilitate different REACH activities that help incorporate academics, social development, and healthy choices into each match’s activities.
BBBS encourages long-lasting relationships and asks volunteers to commit to a minimum of a two-year relationship with their Littles.
School-based Mentoring is a great option for Bigs in college. Matches meet during the school year, so college students who are not in Milwaukee during the summer or winter break are still able to participate. BBBS has college partnerships with Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Carroll University. Further, since meetings always take place at the same location, Bigs do not need to have a vehicle. Many of the schools are located near college campuses, or are a quick bus ride away.
Becoming a School-based Mentor is not just for Bigs in college. It is also a nice opportunity for adults who prefer a set, weekly meeting time they can integrate into their busy schedule.
Staying in Touch Over the Summer
In order to ensure that matches continue to thrive during the summer months, Bigs and Littles exchange postcards and letters through the Summer Bridge Program. The Program enables matches to share what is going on in their lives, and reminds the Little that their Big is excited to see them in the Fall. Additionally, BBBS coordinates special summer events where Littles, their caregivers and Bigs can connect.
Praise for School-based Mentoring
The benefits have been documented - At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have tremendous confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion. Click to learn more about our Nationwide School-based Mentoring Study.
Thanks for being a School-Based Big!
From events to activity ideas and advice, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff are here to help you start something. Get involved and connect with the hundreds of other Bigs making a difference in our community.
Make an Impact
84% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in showing understanding to those less fortunate.
Bowl for Kids' Sake
Be part of our annual fundraiser—a fun way to support BBBS.
Learn more >