It's teacher approved! Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground.
School-Based Mentoring Program
This program allows High School students to serve as Bigs to elementary students in a structured, facilitated class every month. The High School Bigs assist their Littles with homework, engage them in leadership and self-improvement activities, teach the importance of improving relationships with others, and most importantly help to build the child's self-esteem and confidence. High School BIGS, you are making a difference!
High school students becoming a BIG is a great way to:
earn community service hours
try out a new career
add to college and job applications
feel a personal sense of accomplishment
experience greater self esteem and a sense of purpose
High School Bigs Recognizing Their Commitment to Their Little
I’ve had the most fun at Big Brothers Big Sisters. My Bigs are very nice and caring, I’m so glad I was able to meet them.
"We have had such an amazing experience at program, especially with all the games and activities. We love everything you do for us and cannot wait for next year!"
Vaughn and Isabella, High School Bigs
Estefani, School Based Little
We currently have two School-Based Mentoring Programs:
Walnut Street Elementary School students, mentored by High School North Students
This program is made possible by New Jersey Natural Gas
Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School students, mentored by Donovan Catholic High School students
Nationwide School-Based Mentoring Study
Public/Private Ventures—a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults—has carried out a thorough evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring program.
The analysis culminated with the issuing of “Making a Difference in Schools: The Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Impact Study”. And the results? The study found that within a one year period, Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring makes a real difference in the lives of our nation’s at-risk school children.
Since that time, Big Brothers Big Sisters has integrated the leanings into our programs so that these impacts will be felt over a two-year period and beyond.
The study was generously funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, Philip Morris USA – an Altria Company, and The William T. Grant Foundation.