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Role models make an impact! It's proven that children with mentors show improvements in school,

self-confidence, decisions making, relationships, avoid risky behavior, and are more likely to graduate.

Community-Based Mentoring Programs

BBBSOC makes professionally supported 1-to-1 matches between a child (Little) who, due to family or environmental factors, could significantly benefit from the additional support and guidance a mentor (Big) provides. It cultivates a relationship helping the Little gain skills to manage every day challenges.

 

Through simple friendships, these children discover a world of possibilities and opportunities. 

Having a Big Brother/Sister, a positive role model, a mentor turns these little lives around in a BIG way!

Many relationships between Bigs and Littles, are through our community-based programs.  These are one-to-one outings and activities, with mentor-child matches doing things they enjoy together, like:

 

  • Playing sports

  • Going to the movies

  • Hiking, fishing

  • Inspiring each other

  • Listening to music

  • Hanging out and talking

Some Bigs meet their Littles on weekends, others in the evenings, during the day, but whatever it is they enjoy their time together!  Consistency is key to the success of the relationship. Children in our program look forward to seeing their “Big” regularly. Spending consistent time together allows for a meaningful and lasting relationship to develop.

The BIG Process

All volunteer mentors are extensively interviewed, screened and trained. BBBSOC provides every match with a professional case manager to monitor the relationship and offer guidance during its entirety.

 

The Big, Little, and his/her Parent/Guardian make a one-year commitment to the match relationship. Mentors and mentees agree to meet a minimum of twice a month for 2-4 hours enjoying low to no-cost activities.

Prospective BIGS must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be at least 19 years old

  • Commit to meeting with their Little 2-4 hours 

  • Commit to the program for a minimum of one year

  • Participate in regular phone contact with a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff person.

  • Volunteers must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license, proof of car insurance, and have access to a vehicle

  • Pay a one-time fingerprinting fee