Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, on-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Accountability Statement: We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; Educational success
•Community-Based Mentoring: For as little as an hour a week, Bigs and Littles meet in their community to share fun activities, stories, and a little bit of themselves.
•School-Based Mentoring: Bigs and Littles meet once a week in schools, libraries and community centers to talk and have fun. It's not about being a tutor...it's about being a friend.
•Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCOP): The objective of this program is to create quality, lasting one-to-one relationships that provide children of offenders with caring role models for future success. Mentors provide opportunities for youth to gain new skills and interests and expand their experiences beyond their families, schools, and neighborhoods by acting as a trusted friend.
A lot of things have to happen before we make a match. All of our Bigs go through a thorough background check and careful interview process.
Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences.
Our Littles range from ages 6 through 17 and most of our referrals come from parents and guardians, guidance counselors and teachers. Although we do get a wide range of children in need, the majority of our Littles come from single parents and low income families.
What do Bigs and Littles Do?
Getting together is a great time for both Bigs and Littles. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month sharing simple things like….
- Shooting hoops
- Playing a board game
- Sharing a pizza
- Taking a walk in the park
- Or just hanging out and talking
Matches are also encouraged to attend agency-sponsored activities that take place each month. It's a great way to meet other Matches and have fun together!
Match Support Match Support Specialists (professional case managers) support each match by offering a continuum of resources. Throughout the ongoing case management, the Match Support Specialists are constantly monitoring for child safety and providing support for obstacles that may arise in a match.